Six African Americans Named to New Posts

Margareth Larose-Pierre was appointed associate dean of the Crestview Educational Center of the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has served on the FAMU faculty for the past 13 years.

Dr. Larose-Pierre is a graduate of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens. She received her doctorate in pharmacy at Florida A&M University.

January Gill O’Neil was appointed assistant professor of English at Salem State University and executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which is held in Salem, Massachusetts. O’Neil is the author of a book of poetry entitled, Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009).

O’Neil holds a master of fine arts degree from New York University. She is the author of the blog, Poet Mom.

Akua J. Matherson was named interim associate chancellor for enrollment management at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She will continue to serve as assistant vice chancellor for budget and planning at the university.

Matherson has been on the staff at the university since 1998. Previously, she was a financial analyst for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha.

Percy Caldwell was named director of athletics at Grambling State University in Louisiana. In the past he has been athletics director at Fort Valley State University in Georgia and Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Caldwell is a graduate of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate from Iowa State University.

Odessa P. Hines was appointed director of public relations at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was manager for media and communications for Surgical Review Corporation. She is the former assistant to the chancellor for communications at North Carolina State University.

Hines is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

D. Jason DeSousa was named assistant vice chancellor for student retention at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was vice president for student affairs at Savannah State University in Georgia. Previously, he was assistant vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and associate professor of higher education at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Dr. DeSousa is a graduate of Morgan State University. He holds a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and an educational doctorate from Indiana University.

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