Some Notable Appointments of African Americans to Higher Education Posts

Joyce Jenkins was named vice president of academic affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. She was chair of the department of English and foreign languages at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She has served on the faculty at Fort Valley State for 26 years.

Dr. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She earned a Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Sharon Butler is the new assistant vice president for human resources at Michigan State University. She was senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer at the University of Cincinnati. She previously was an administrator for human resources at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Butler is a graduate of Indiana State University.

Tryan L. McMickens was named assistant professor (tenure-track) in the Administration of Higher Education program at Suffolk University in Boston. He has been serving as a visiting faculty member.

Dr. McMickens holds a bachelor’s degree in sales, marketing, and business administration from Tuskegee University. He earned a master’s degree in administration of higher education from Suffolk University and an educational doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Billy Hawkins, professor of sport management and policy in the department of kinesiology at the University of Georgia, was elected to the board of directors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Forum for the Scholarly Study of Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education.

Dr. Hawkins has been on the faculty at the University of Georgia since 1996. He is the author of The New Plantation: Black Athletes, College Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).  Dr. Hawkins is a graduate of Webber College in Babson Park, Florida. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Getchel L. Caldwell II was appointed vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He served for four years as vice president for advancement at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Earlier, he was vice president for institutional advancement at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Caldwell is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He holds a master of public administration degree from Clark Atlanta University.


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