Notable Appointments of African Americans to Higher Education Posts

Nicole Weekes was named associate dean for faculty development and diversity at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She joined the Pomona faculty in 1998 and is currently a professor of neuroscience. Her research focuses on the psychological and biological responses to stress.

Professor Weekes is a graduate of Boston University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Hilton Als was appointed the Sidney Harman Writer in Residence for the 2012-13 academic year at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York. Als is a staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine. Previously, he wrote for the Village Voice and was an editor-at-large for Vibe.

He will teach a class in reviewing and criticism.

Kiron Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was given the additional role as adviser on national security policy for the university. Dr. Skinner is also the founding director of the university’s Center for International Relations and Politics.

Dr. Skinner is a graduate of Spelman College. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from Harvard University.

Ruby Perry was appointed interim chief of staff for the president of Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is the associate dean for academic affairs for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health.

Dr. Perry earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Tuskegee. She also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Regina Biddings-Muro was named interim vice chancellor for advancement at the Calumet campus of Purdue University. She has been serving as executive assistant to the chancellor for engagement at the university. She joined the university administration in 2004.

Biddings-Muro holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University-Calumet.

Angela D. Simmons was appointed director of student conduct at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Previously, she was assistant dean of students at Florida State University.

Simmons holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. She is completing an educational doctorate at Florida State University.

Louise F. Raleigh was promoted to clinic director of the Speech and Hearing Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She had been serving as the assistant director and is also an associate professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at the university.

Raleigh is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Curlee R. Holton was appointed interim executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland at College Park. He serves as the David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art and founding director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He will continue to teach at Lafayette while serving as interim director of the Driskell Center.

Holton is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. He earned a master of fine arts degree from Kent State University.

Kimberly Rogers was named media coordinator for the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis. In the past, she has held public relations posts for Baptist Memorial Health Care and Methodist Healthcare in Memphis.

Rogers holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Memphis.


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