Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

Lonza Hardy Jr. was appointed director of athletics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Since 2007 he has been athletics director at Hampton University in Virginia. Previously, he held a similar post at Mississippi Valley State University.

Hardy is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

China Jude was named assistant vice president of athletics at Queens College, part of the City University of New York system. Jude has been serving as director of athletics at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Jude is a graduate of Alabama State University. She holds a master's degree from the United States Sports Academy and is currently studying for an educational doctorate at North Central University.

This August Michelle Martin will join the faculty at the University of South Carolina as the inaugural holder of the Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literarcy. Augusta Baker worked in the New York Public Library for 37 years and later founded the Augusta Baker Collection of African-American children’s literature at the special collections library at the University of South Carolina.

Professor Martin has been serving as a professor of English at Clemson University. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a master's degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in English from Illinois State University.

Agbai Agwu Nnanna was named to the Francis and Elsie Professorship for the Purdue Water Institute at the university’s Calumet campus. Dr. Nnanna is the director of the institute and also a professor of mechanical engineering at the university.

Dr. Nnanna is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Cato T. Laurencin, who recently stepped down as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine to concentrate on teaching and research, was given the title of University Professor by the University of Connecticut board of trustees.

Dr. Laurencin is a 1980 graduate of Princeton University. In 1987 he earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from MIT and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School.

Corey Bradford was named senior vice president for business affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He was assistant vice president for finance and administrative affairs for the Southern Illinois University System.

Dr. Bradford holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Southern Illinois University.

David Harris was named senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Harris holds a tenured position as professor of sociology at Cornell. But he has spent the past year as deputy assistant secretary for human services policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Professor Harris holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.