Five African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Christine M. Pina was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Hartford. She has been serving as director of major gifts at Wesleyan University. Her new appointment is effective on November 28.

Pina is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kimberly Gordon was promoted to assistant dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She was assistant to the dean for development and placement.

Gordon is a civil engineering graduate of Prairie View A&M and holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Keith Whitfield was appointed vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is a professor of psychology and co-director of Duke’s Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities.

Dr. Whitfield is a graduate of the College of Santa Fe and holds a Ph.D. in lifespan development psychology from Texas Tech University.

Eugenia Millender was named clinical director of the Diabetes Education and Research Center at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is a psychiatric and mental health family nurse practitioner.

Millender holds a master’s degree and is currently working on a Ph.D. in nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

Frank B. Ashley III was appointed vice chancellor of recruitment and diversity for the Texas A&M University System. Since 2007, he has been serving as vice chancellor for academic affairs. Previously, he was interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Ashley is a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Alabama.


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