Lonza Hardy Jr. was named director of athletics at Hampton University in Virginia. For the past six years Hardy has served as athletics director at Mississippi Valley State University. Hardy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

• New York State Governor Elliot Spitzer appointed Philip Alfonso Berry vice chair of the board of trustees of the City University of New York. Berry has been a board member since June 2006. He is vice president at Colgate-Palmolive.

Berry is a graduate of Queens College, part of the CUNY system. He holds a master’s of social work degree from Columbia University and an MBA from Xavier University.

Matthew Wright was named chief investment officer at Vanderbilt University. He was the director of investments at Emory University.

Wright is a graduate of Seton Hall University. He holds an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Roland G. Fryer Jr., an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University, was named chief equality officer for the New York City Department of Education. He will be responsible for assuring equal resources are dispersed throughout the school system and that school staffing decisions are equitable.

Dr. Fryer will work on a consulting basis until next summer when he will take a sabbatical from Harvard to work full time on the project.

Marilyn Sanders Mobley was appointed provost at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was the assistant provost for educational programs and an associate professor of English and African-American studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mobley is a graduate of Barnard College. She holds a master’s degree in English from New York University and a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University.

Don Byron, a clarinetist and a composer, was named Martin Luther King Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This past academic year he was a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Albany.

James Duah-Agyeman was promoted to chief diversity officer at Syracuse University. He had been serving as director of the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Duah-Agyeman holds a doctorate in mathematics education from Syracuse and had been an administrator there since 1982.

Charles L. Becton, the John Scott Cansler Lecturer at the University of North Carolina School of Law and senior lecturing fellow in law at the Duke University School of Law, was named president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. He will become the first African-American male president of the bar association next summer.

Becton is a graduate of Howard University and has law degrees from the University of Virginia and Duke University.

Donald E. Wilson was appointed senior vice president for health sciences at Howard University. Dr. Wilson is the former dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical training at Tufts University.

Richard L. Lucas Jr. was named vice president for institutional advancement at Bowie State University in Maryland. He was the vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Lucas is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from SUNY-Buffalo.