A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education
Filed in Appointments on July 24, 2015
Courtney L. Davenport was appointed vice president for college advancement at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the past two years, Davenport was the Eastern regional director for planned and major gifts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Davenport holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and Morehouse College. He earned a master’s degree in philanthropy and nonprofit management from Indiana University.
Sharon L. Davies is the new vice provost and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University. She holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the university’s Moritz College of Law. She has been on the faculty at the law school since 1995. Professor Davies is also the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at the university.
Professor Davies is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she majored in political science. She earned her law degree at Columbia University in New York City.
Tabatha Terrell-Brooks is the new director of alumni and constituency relations at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She was the special assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement.
Terrell-Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Jackson State University.
Leon McClinton was named director of housing and residential life at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He was the director of residence education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. McClinton holds a bachelor’s degree in textile management, a master’s degree in human resource development, and a doctorate in educational leadership, all from Clemson University in South Carolina.
GeColby Youngblood is the new first-year experience coordinator and academic adviser at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He held a similar post at North Carolina Central University in Durham.
Youngblood is a graduate of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton.
Rica Calhoun was promoted to University Attorney at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Since 2011, she has been serving as assistant director of Equal Opportunity and Access at the university. For the fist six months of this year, Calhoun served as interim associate vice president for student services.
Dr. Calhoun is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a juris doctorate from the College of William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Stacey Millett is the new executive director of the Center for Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She was a senior program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.
Millett is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in television and radio from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Lee A. McElroy was appointed director of athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is the former vice president and director of athletics at the University at Albany of the State University of New York System.
Dr. McElroy is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in political science and played football. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Houston.
Frank E. Dobson Jr. was named assistant dean of students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been serving as the director of the Black Cultural Center on the Vanderbilt campus and will continue to do so.
Dr. Dobson is a graduate of the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Latasha Wade was named interim associate provost for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at the university. Dr. Wade joined the university’s faculty in 2014. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.
Dr. Wade is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where she double majored in economics and microbiology. She holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore.
W. Rochelle Calhoun was named vice president for campus life at Princeton University in New Jersey. Since 2008, she has been dean of students and vice president for campus life at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Calhoun is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she majored in theater arts and politics. She holds a master of fine arts degree in theater from Columbia University.
Paul C. Taylor was appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University. He is an associate professor of philosophy and chairs the African American studies program at the university. Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at Penn State in 2010.
Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in philosophy. He holds a master of public administration degree from Harvard University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University in New Jersey.