Debra L. Lee, chief executive officer of BET Networks, was named to the board of the Corporation of Brown University. Lee is a 1976 graduate of Brown and went on to earn master’s and law degrees at Harvard University.

Mesia Moore Steed was named the first Minority Outreach Fellow of the American Physiological Society. In this position, Steed will travel the country visiting high schools in an effort to encourage black and other minority students to consider careers in biomedical research. Steed, a native of Henderson, Kentucky, is currently in the doctoral program of physiology and biophysics at the University of Louisville.

Katrina Bell McDonald, an associate professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, was awarded tenure. Professor McDonald is only the second African-American woman to have achieved tenure in the school of arts and sciences at Johns Hopkins.

Professor McDonald is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California. She holds master’s degrees from Stanford University and the University of California at Davis. In 1995 she earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Davis with a dissertation entitled “Sister-Friends: Re-Creating Maternal Support in the African-American Community.”

Taris E. Mullins was named coordinator of outreach and community services in the Office of Alumni Relations at Virginia Tech. He was the executive director of the diversity advisory board at George Mason University.

Mullins is a graduate of West Virginia University and holds a master’s degree from Coppin State University in Baltimore. He is currently working toward his doctorate from International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. His dissertation is entitled “Spiritual Warfare: Marriage and Family Counseling.”

Jessica M. Bailey was appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics at Winston-Salem State University. She was the dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

A graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Bailey holds a master’s degree in education from Coppin State and an MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Missouri.