Six African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Funmi Ojetayo was appointed special assistant to the president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He was a law clerk for the Tompkins County Department of Social Services in Ithaca, New York. Earlier, he was a law clerk for the deputy chief justice of the Republic of South Africa.

Ojetayo is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in industrial and labor relations. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland.

Derrick_EcholesDerrick R. Echoles was named assistant director of career services at Mississippi College in Clinton. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work and the department of African and African American studies at the University of Arkansas.

Echoles holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi. He is currently in the doctoral program in higher education administration at Southern Illinois University.

johnson-smallCheryl Johnson will be the inaugural vice president for human capital at Kansas State University. Since 2012, she has been the chief operating officer of JVisions Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Johnson is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University.

BTHarveyBinti Harvey was named the chief marketing and communications officer at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has been serving as director of marketing at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Harvey is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California.

Crumpton-YoungLesia Crumpton-Young was appointed associate vice president for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She has been serving as the director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Crumpton-Young holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, all from Texas A&M University.

nelsonMartella M. Nelson is the new medical librarian at the Montgomery campus of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She has held library posts at Birmingham Southern College and Samford University.

Nelson is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where she majored in English. She holds master’s degrees from Troy University in Alabama, the University of West Alabama in Livingston, and San Jose State University in California.


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