Eight African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Kathey_PorterKathey Porter was named director of small business and vendor diversity relations at the University of Florida. She was the assistant director of procurement/supplier diversity and an adjunct instructor in the College of Business at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Porter is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia and earned an MBA from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

BrightGeorge Bright was appointed director of athletics at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was the associate director of athletics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Bright had been on the athletics staff at Lafayette since 1993.

Bright is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State University. He has completed doctoral course work in leadership and administration at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he has served as an adjunct professor of sports management.

Don-Terry Veal-HeadshotDon-Terry Veal was named chief of staff for the president of Morgan State University in Baltimore. He has been serving as an adjunct professor and director of the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Veal is a graduate of Southern University in New Orleans. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.

Gray-HeadshotTiffany Gray was appointed interim director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center at Syracuse University in New York. She has been serving as the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University in Washington.

Gray is a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Dayton.

Dr-Tyson-BealeTyson Beale was named associate vice chancellor for student affairs and director of student conduct at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Since 2012, he has been serving as associate dean of University College at Fayetteville State.

Dr. Beale holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Radford University in Virginia. He earned a doctorate in higher education from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Marcus S. Whitehurst was appointed vice provost for educational equity at Pennsylvania State University. He has served in this role on an interim basis for more than a year. Earlier, he was the assistant vice provost for educational equity.

Dr. Whitehurst holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social sciences from Binghamton University of the State University of New York System. He earned a second master’s degree and a doctorate in educational theory and policy at Penn State.

DianeHawkinsDiane Hawkins was appointed director of communications at Kentucky State University. She was a digital producer at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Hawkins is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she majored in journalism. She is currently in a master’s degree program at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Dana-BrownDana A. Brown was named interim chief financial officer at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She has been on the staff at the university for 19 years, most recently serving as associate vice president and treasurer.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Jackson State University.


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