Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Carla Boutin-Foster was appointed assistant dean for faculty diversity at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. She has served since 2009 as the director of cultural diversity in the Office of Faculty Diversity at the college. She is also an associate professor of internal medicine at the school.

Dr. Boutin-Foster is a graduate of the State University of New York Downstate Medical College and holds a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Chacona W. Johnson was selected as associate vice president for principal gifts at Wayne State University and executive vice president of the Wayne State University Foundation. She has been serving as president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. She is the former chief of staff for the president and associate vice president for development at the University of Michigan. She will begin her new role on November 5.

Johnson is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State University.

Margaret Stephens was named special assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is taking a two-year leave of absence from her post as a senior project adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At Claflin, she will focus on raising funds for the building of a new Science and Technology Center on campus.

Stephens is a 1974 graduate of Claflin University.

David M. Fryson was named chief diversity officer at West Virginia University. For the past 30 months, he has been serving as deputy general counsel in the university’s Office of Legal Affairs.

Fryson is a graduate of West Virginia State College and earned a law degree at West Virginia University.

Jame’l R. Hodges was appointed director of student activities at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He has served as director of multicultural affairs at Lehigh University and coordinator of Greek Life and Education at California State Polytechnic University.

A graduate of Virginia State University, Dr. Hodges holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Ashley Robinson was named director of athletics at Mississippi Valley State University. He was assistant vice president of athletic compliance and academic advising at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He is the former assistant commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Robinson is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball.

George Keith Martin was elected vice-rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. He is the first African American to serve in the post. Martin is the managing partner of the Richmond office of the law firm McGuireWoods.

Martin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Howard University School of Law.


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