Lawrence B. Harkless was named founding dean of the College of Podiatric Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. The new college of podiatry is expected to open in 2009.

Dr. Harkless is Louis T. Bogy Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco.

V. Kofi Agawu is returning to a full professorship of music at Princeton University. He has served for one year as the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music and professor of African and African American studies. Previously, he taught at Princeton from 1998 to 2006.

Agawu is a native of Ghana. He is a graduate of Reading University in the United Kingdom and holds a master’s degree from King’s College London and a Ph.D. in music from Stanford University.

Maurice Apprey, a professor of psychiatric medicine at the University of Virginia, was named dean of the university’s Office of African-American Affairs. Dr. Apprey has served on the University of Virginia faculty since 1980.

A graduate of the College of Emporia in Kansas, he holds two Ph.D.s, one from the Saybrook Institute and Research Center in San Francisco, and the other from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Sharon Nyota Tucker, an associate professor of political science at Albany State University, was named legal counsel for the university. A graduate of Howard University, Tucker was the first African-American woman to earn a law degree at the University of Georgia. She has been on the faculty at Albany State University for the past 26 years.

Garnesha Beck was named director of the AmeriCorps VISTA service at the University of Texas at Tyler. Beck is a graduate of Grambling State University in Louisiana and holds an MBA from the University of Dallas.