Seven African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Harriet Davis was appointed associate vice chancellor for development at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She was assistant vice president for corporate relations at Hampton University in Virginia.

Dr. Davis holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Pamela D. White was named director of compliance and conflict resolution at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was the coordinator for equal opportunity programs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

White is a graduate of Florida State University and the law school of Nova Southeastern University.

Shawn McShay was appointed assistant dean of admissions at the Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. He was senior director of enrollment management at Hofstra University Law School in New York. He previously held admissions posts at the law schools of Fordham University and George Washington University.

McShay holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Kawachi Clemons, director of the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at Florida A&M University, was named interim chair of the university’s department of music. Prior to joining the faculty at FAMU, he was assistant director of bands at North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Clemons is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He earned a master’s degree at Florida International University in Miami and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Will Sutton was appointed acting director of public relations and communications for Grambling State University in Louisiana. He has been serving as the Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism at the university since the beginning of the year. He previously had a successful career as a newspaper journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Raleigh News & Observer, and other papers.

Sutton is a graduate of Hampton University. From 1999 to 2001, he was the president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

James Spencer was named director of real estate and business development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He was the associate director of the Office of Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Spencer is a graduate of Brown University where he majored in chemical engineering. He owns four U.S. patents.

Emily London-Jones was appointed director of student financial aid at Xavier University in New Orleans. For the past 12 years, she has been director of student financial aid and scholarships at the University of New Orleans. Previously, she was associate director of student financial aid at Xavier.

London-Jones holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from Xavier University.


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  1. Greetings From New Orleans,

    I would like to say, thank You Lord for blessing these seven African American educators showcased in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education; it was very, very refreshing to read this article about these trailblazers. As many are probably aware, President Obama recently gave a speech in N.O., where he touched on many key points of his campaign platform, which included helping to create jobs and finding ways to fund programs that would allow people to attend college if they so choose. That would be great, and it is because of educators like the “Blessed Seven” that non traditional students like me can look forward to earning my master’s in counseling education from Xavier University, Louisiana in 2013.

    Continue to make us proud in your new roles,

    Lisa M. DeCuire, XU, graduate student

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