W. Franklin Evans was appointed associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He was the academic dean at J.F. Drake State Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Evans holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

Fred D’Aguiar was named Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech. The endowed professorship is awarded for a two-year term to a faculty member “who contributes significantly to the growth and development of minority students, student athletes, and scholarly pursuits.” D’Aguiar, a novelist, playwright, and poet, has served on the Virginia Tech faculty as a professor of English. He previously was on the faculty at the University of Miami.

Eddie Washington was named associate vice president for human resource programs at California State University Channel Islands. He formerly was a member of the legal team for the office of the chancellor of the California State University system.

Washington is a graduate of Howard University and earned his law degree at the Hastings College of Law of the University of California.

Jennifer Keane-Dawes was named dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Elizabeth City State University. She has been serving as interim dean since 2004. Previously, she was director of the graduate studies program at Norfolk State University in Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Howard University.

Abena Busia was named acting director of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Busia, who is an associate professor of English at Rutgers, holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Charles George was named chair of the board of trustees of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida. He is the first alumnus of the university to serve as board chair. A former police officer, George operates a family construction and trucking business in South Florida.

Helen Easterling Williams is the new dean of the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She was the senior assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware. A graduate of Jersey City State College, Dean Williams holds a master’s degree from Towson State University and an educational doctorate from the University of Delaware.