• Patric D. Simon was named athletic director at Langston University in Oklahoma. He had been the athletic director at Lincoln University in Missouri and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Simon is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and holds a master’s degree from Clark Atlanta University.

• Alton Thompson was named interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He has been serving as dean of agriculture and environmental science at the university.

• Hudlin Wagner, dean of students at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, was given the additional title of vice president for student development.

• Drexel B. Ball was appointed executive vice president of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was director of public relations at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Ball is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds a master’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

• Keenan Grenell was appointed vice president and dean of diversity at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He was associate provost for diversity at Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Dr. Grenell is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.

• Fred D’Aguiar, novelist, playwright, poet, and professor of English at Virginia Tech, was named to a two-year term as the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at the university.