Charles J. Alexander was appointed associate vice provost for student diversity at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has been serving as associate dean for student affairs at the School of Dentistry at the University of California at San Francisco.

Alexander is a native of Syracuse, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in the sociological foundations of education from Marquette University.

Valerie Ashby, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named to a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship. The position provides a salary supplement, funds for research support, and a sabbatical.

Merdis J. McCarter was named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. She was the senior associate provost for academic affairs/undergraduate programs and for the past year has also served as interim provost at the university.

Calvin Howell, professor of physics at Duke University, was elected director of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory. Howell has worked at the laboratory since 1979. Seventeen physicists from three universities currently conduct research at the facility.

Robert L. Satcher Sr. was named interim president of Saint Paul’s College, the historically black educational institution in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Dr. Satcher is a professor of chemistry at the college.