• Julius E. Scipio is the new associate vice president of academic affairs at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He is an associate professor of education at the university.

Dr. Scipio is a graduate of Paine College. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from Memphis State University.

• Margaret Burnham, professor of law and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University in Boston, was named a Newhouse Fellow at Wellesley College for the 2008-09 academic year. She will use the time to complete work on her book, Reckoning With the Past: The Promise and Perils of Criminal Prosecution.

• James E. Glover was appointed professor and chair of Fort Valley State University’s mathematics, computer science and computer information systems department.

A former NASA engineer, Dr. Glover is a graduate of Langston University in Oklahoma. He holds a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in combinatorial analysis from Auburn University.

• Maria Arvelo Lumpkin, director of student activities at Spelman College in Atlanta, was selected as the Scott-Hawkins Leadership Institute Fellow by The Links Inc.

Dr. Lumpkin is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in urban studies from Old Dominion University and an educational doctorate from Clark Atlanta University.

• Leland Melvin, an astronaut who has visited the international space station, will spend the 2008-09 academic year as leader-in-residence at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

Melvin is a graduate of the University of Richmond and holds a master’s degree in materials science from the University of Virginia.

• John W. Kinney, dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, was elected president of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

• David Vassar Taylor was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Dillard University in New Orleans. He was the provost at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Dr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s and doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.