Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations

• Adriel A. Hilton was appointed executive assistant to the president of Upper Iowa University in Fayette. He was a public policy fellow for the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Dr. Hilton is a graduate of Morehouse College. He holds a master’s degree in applied social science from Florida A&M University and an educational doctorate from Morgan State University.

• Anita B. Walton was named director of alumni relations at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She has been an administrator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, most recently serving as homecoming and affinity reunion manager.

A graduate of Chapel Hill, Walton holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.

• Julia Y. Best joins the faculty at Bridgewater College in Virginia as an assistant professor of education. Dr. Best is a graduate of Spelman College. She holds a master’s degree from Valdosta State University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech.

• Viola L. Acoff was named chair of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering at the University of Alabama. She has been on the department’s faculty since 1994.

Dr. Acoff holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in materials engineering, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

• Misha J. Charles is the new senior executive assistant and legislative liaison to the president of Keene State College in New Hampshire. She was director of planning and board relations for Phelps Stokes, the Washington, D.C.-based charitable foundation.

Charles is a graduate of Princeton University. She holds a second bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town. She earned a second master’s degree in international education at George Washington University.

• Bryan Hicks was appointed associate athletic director for academics and student development at Missouri State University in Springfield. Hicks was the assistant director of athletics for academics at the University of Louisville.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University, Hicks holds a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University.

• Howard C. Johnson was appointed interim senior vice president and provost at Medgar Evers College, a division of the City University of New York. Dr. Johnson was a professor of mathematics at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Dr. Johnson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Chicago State University. He earned a second master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.