Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.

Rodell Lawrence is the new director of development at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. After a successful business career, Lawrence devoted his life to raising funds for black colleges and universities with positions at Claflin College, Stillman College, Meharry Medical College, and most recently at Georgia Southern University.
Henry Vance Davis was named university dean for recruitment and diversity at the City University of New York. He was dean of the School of Social Science and Human Services and a professor of history at Ramapo College in New Jersey.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African-American history from the University of Michigan.

James A. Fletcher was named vice president for finance and administration at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Fletcher was vice chancellor of administration for the Texas A&M University system.

A graduate of MIT, Fletcher holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Carlton Cooper was appointed director of athletics at Texas A&M University at Commerce. He was the senior associate athletics director at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Cooper is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce where he played basketball.

Leon McClinton was appointed director of residence life at Virginia Tech. He was the associate director of undergraduate and graduate programs in residential life at Clemson University in South Carolina.

McClinton holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Clemson University.

Richard K. Dozier was appointed chair of the department of architecture and construction science and associate dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Sciences at Tuskegee University.

Professor Dozier was a professor of architecture at Florida A&M University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University and a doctorate in architecture from the University of Michigan.

K. Dawn Rutledge Jones was named assistant vice president for marketing and communications at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She was the director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

John Willis, professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, has assumed emeritus status. Professor Willis, whose main research interest is on African Islamic history, has been on the Princeton faculty since 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds a master’s degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Olive Sephuma was named director of development in the Office of Foundation Relations at Syracuse University. She was a program officer for the Central New York Community Foundation. Sephuma is a graduate of the University of Botswana.