Nine African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Karyn-HollingsworthKaryn S. Hollingsworth was named executive director of university communications and marketing at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She has been serving as director of communications for the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Hollingsworth is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she majored in journalism. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Mississippi.

Caldwell-SheilaSheila Caldwell was named adviser to the president on diversity at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. She joined the university’s staff in 2013 as director of the Complete College Georgia initiative. She will continue in that post. Previously, Caldwell was state coordinator of high school initiatives for the Technical College System of Georgia.

Caldwell is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she majored in marketing. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Argosy University and is currently in the workforce education doctoral program at the University of Georgia.

alnuttMark Alnutt was appointed deputy director of athletics at the University of Memphis. He has been serving as athletics director at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He has served in the this role for the past three years.

Alnutt is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he played on the football team. He earned a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on sports psychology at the University of Missouri.

DrErnieHughesErnie T. Hughes was named associate vice president for development and advancement services at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He was vice president for advancement at Winona State University in Minnesota and served as executive director of the Winona State University Foundation.

Dr. Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Mississippi State University. He holds a Ph.D. in human resource development from Louisiana State University.

ReginaHillRedgina Hill was appointed director of diversity and inclusion at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. Since 2010, she has been an admissions counselor at the college.

Hill is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington. She earned a master’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education from Azusa Pacific University.

Watson-NyeemaNyeema Watson was named assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers University-Camden. She has been serving in the post on an interim basis for the past year. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Watson was director of public school relationships for the Office of Civic Engagement at the university.

Dr. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree in childhood studies from Rutgers University-Camden. She also earned a master’s degree in education/psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nyote PrimaryNyote Calixte is the inaugural director of academic engagement and quantitative sciences in the Academic Advising Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Calixte is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Louisiana State University.

Steve-SmithSteven Smith was appointed development officer for the College of Business at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He has been serving as director of alumni and constituency relations for the university.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Jackson State University.

Gordon A. Rowe Jr. was appointed general counsel at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. He has been doing business in his own law practice since 2002.

Rowe is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he majored in economics, and the West Virginia University College of Law. He is the past president of the Louisville chapter of the National Bar Association.


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