Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Jane McBride Gates was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. She will begin her new assignment on July 18. Currently, she is dean of the School of the College of Liberal Arts at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Dr. Gates is a graduate of Arkansas State University. She holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illinois University.

• Renee T. White was named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College in Boston. Her appointment takes effect on September 1. She has been serving as a professor of sociology and black studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Dr. White is a graduate of Brown University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.

• Hazel M. McFerson was promoted from associate to full professor in the department of public and international affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

A former Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines, Dr. McFerson is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University.

• Chippewa Thomas, an associate professor in the College of Education at Auburn University in Alabama, was named director of faculty engagement in the university’s Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. Dr. Thomas has been on the Auburn faculty since 2005.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Tuskegee University. She holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Auburn University.

• Mandy Santiago was named director of development at Cheyney University, the historically black educational institution in Pennsylvania. She was a fundraising officer for the Crozer-Keystone Health System.

Santiago is a graduate of Skidmore College and holds a master of social service degree from Bryn Mawr College.

• Robin N. Coger is the new dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She has been serving as a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Coger is a graduate of Cornell University. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

• Darrell Wheeler was named dean of the School of Social Work at Loyola University in Chicago. He was associate dean for research and community partnerships at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City.

Dr. Wheeler is a graduate of Cornell College. He earned a master of social work degree at Howard University and a Ph.D. and a master of public health degree at the University of Pittsburgh.