New Administrative Posts for Six African Americans in Higher Education

bookerRicky Booker was promoted to director of career programs at the University of Arkansas. He was the associate director of career programs. Dr. Booker joined the staff at the university in 2005, working in the Upward Bound program.

Dr. Booker is a graduate of the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

CicelyzMangumCicely Peterson-Mangum was named the inaugural executive director of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships at Drexel University in Philadelphia. From 2008 to 2014, Peterson-Mangum was the executive director of the Logan Community Development Corporation in Philadelphia. Most recently, she served as the interim CEO of the Imhotep Institute Charter School in the city.

Peterson-Mangum is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in English. She earned a juris doctorate at the Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.

latonda-davis-williams_headshotLaTonda Davis-Williams is the new employee relations manager and Title IX coordinator at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She had been serving as interim employee relations manager.

Davis-Williams has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

fosterTracey N. Foster was promoted to director of the Biddle Institute at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role she will oversee counseling and guidance programs for first-year students. She was an adviser in the university’s Academic Center for Excellence.

Foster is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she majored in English. She holds an MBA and a master’s degree in human resource management from Webster University in Missouri.

TriplettDeborah Noble-Triplett was appointed senior vice provost for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Since 2006, she has been assistant vice president in the offices of academic affairs and human resources for the University of Missouri System.

Dr. Noble-Triplett earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology, management, and industrial relations from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Clair_Walter1Walter Clair, an associate professor of medicine and medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, has been named executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dr. Clair joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree, a medical degree, and a master of public health degree from Harvard University.


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  1. Interesting group of talented individuals promoted to carry on our much needed assignments in the field of education. When I hear whats going on on capitol hill I am encouraged that we are intelligently producing the stars for tomorrow who have to be ready to assist those dimwits in Washington. I personally know Tracy Foster and her selection was a very wise choice. She gets things done and is someone to watch as she continues to move up the ladder of success. Congratulations to all.

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