Two Hampton University Scholars Taking on New Roles at the HBCU

Hampton University in Virginia has announced that two faculty members will be taking on new assignments.

batts:VanderploegBattinto Batts was named assistant dean for academic affairs in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. He joined the faculty at Hampton University in 2007. Earlier he had worked at five major newspapers including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Tampa Bay Times.

Dr. Batts is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He holds a master’s degree in media management from Norfolk State University in Virginia, and a doctorate in higher education management from Hampton University.

VanderploegDaVida Plummer Vanderploeg was named director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University. She has been on the faculty at the university since 2012 as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication.

Vanderploeg holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication from Ohio University.

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