Seven African American in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

paquita-davis-fridayPaquita Davis-Friday was named executive director of graduate programs at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She has been serving as an associate professor of accountancy at the college.

Dr. Davis-Friday holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in business administration, all from the University of Michigan. According to the Ph.D. Project, she is one of only 109 African American women accounting professors at U.S. business schools.

Elum, Will_0William Elum was promoted to assistant director of residence education for community standards at the University of Massachusetts. Since 2011, he has served as a residence director on campus.

Elum earned a master’s degree in higher education administration at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

rhodesC. Edward Rhodes II was named rector of the Historic Oakland Memorial Chapel and director of student religious life at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He is the pastor of the Mount Helm Baptist Church.

Rev. Rhodes is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he majored in philosophy. He holds a master of divinity degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Rhinehardt1April R. Rhinehardt was named university chaplain at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was clinical staff chaplain at High Point Regional Health in High Point, North Carolina.

Rhinehardt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and a master of divinity degree from Shaw University.

nicolepriceNicole G. Price was named chief diversity and inclusion officer at Suffolk University in Boston. She has been serving as director of diversity, inclusion, and affinity relations for Suffolk University Law School.

Price is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in rhetoric and communications. She earned a juris doctorate at the College of William and Mary School of Law.

CraigBurgessCraig Burgess was named general counsel at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Burgess has served as senior litigation counsel for AT&T.

Burgess is a graduate of The Citadel, where he majored in English and was a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball. He earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina.

SowellStacy D. Sowell was promoted to associate dean of students at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. For the past four years, she has served as an admissions counselor at the university. She is the former director of student activities at St. Augustine’s University.

Sowell is a graduate of Shaw University and holds a master’s degree in English and African American literature from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.


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