Malvin Williams was named interim president of Alcorn State University in the wake of the sudden death of university president Clinton Bristow Jr. Williams was an administrator at Alcorn State for many years before his retirement in 2005. It is expected that it will take six to eight months for a new president to be selected.

Johnnie Watson, former superintendent of the Memphis, Tennessee, public school system, was named interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College, the historically black educational institution in the city. Watson’s main task is to improve the college’s financial situation. Last December the college was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools because of its being $6 million in debt.

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond was appointed dean of the School of Education and Human Performance at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She has served as interim dean for the past year. Previously, she was assistant dean of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Jackson-Hammond is a graduate of Grambling State University. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a doctorate in education from Grambling.