Appointments, Promotions & Resignations

• Robert G. Stanton, executive professor of recreation, park, and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University, was named deputy assistant secretary of the interior for policy, management, and budget.

Stanton is a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

• Anna Shavers, Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law Chair, was named interim dean of the College of Law at the University of Nebraska. Shavers, who has been on the law school’s faculty since 1989, has been associate dean since 2008.

Dean Shavers is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

• Marshall F. Stevenson Jr. was appointed dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Delaware State University in Dover. He was dean of the division of social sciences and professor of history at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Dr. Stevenson is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

• Joyce A. Blackwell was named vice president for academic affairs at South Carolina State University. She held a similar position at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Blackwell is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

• William B. Harvey was named executive director of the International Reading Association. For the past four years he has served as vice president and chief diversity officer for the University of Virginia.

• Valerie Epps was named vice president of student affairs at the University of the District of Columbia. She was vice president for student affairs and student life at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Epps holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in education, all from Southern Illinois University.

• Verian Thomas, director of the division of agricultural sciences at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, was named president-elect of the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in food science from Leeds University in England.