New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

Nasir250Na’ilah Nasir was named vice chancellor for equity and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Nasir holds the Birgeneau Chair in Educational Disparities and the Williams Chair of African American Studies. She joined the Berkeley faculty in 2008 after serving on the faculty at Stanford University.

Professor Nasir is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in social welfare and psychology. She holds a Ph.D. psychological studies in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

johnsonNewtona Johnson is the new interim vice provost for academic affairs at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Dr. Johnson is a professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the university.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone in West Africa. She earned a master’s degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta.

alemnehTeshome Alemneh was named director of the Office of International Development and associate vice president for international research and development at Indiana University in Bloomington. Since 2008, he has been an international programs officer for the American Council on Education.

Alemneh is the former deputy minister of education for his native country, Ethiopia. He holds a doctorate from Ghent University in Belgium.

GHBostonGenyre Henry Boston was appointed associate vice president for faculty affairs and faculty development at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Dr. Boston is a professor of English in the university’s College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Dr. Boston earned a doctorate at Florida State University.

cohenVeronica Cohen was promoted to vice president for university advancement at Mississippi Valley State University. She was the associate vice president for university advancement. She is the former manager of recruitment and diversity for the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Cohen is a graduate of Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds a master’s degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

artika-tyner-photo-by-mark-brownArtika R. Tyner was appointed interim director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an assistant professor of public policy and leadership in the university’s College of Education. She is the author of The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice (American Bar Association, 2015).

Dr. Tyner is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul. She holds a master’s degree, a law degree, and an educational doctorate from Saint Thomas University.


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