Seven African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Posts
Filed in Appointments on December 1, 2015
Philip L. Harris was appointed vice president and general counsel at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, effective January 1. He is a partner in the Chicago law firm, Jenner & Block and serves on the university’s board of trustees.
Harris is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern University and earned his law degree at the University of Chicago.
G. Rumay Alexander was named special assistant to the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, Dr. Alexander will oversee programs aimed at accelerating diversity, inclusion, and family and work-life balance. She will continue to serve as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the School of Nursing at the university.
Dr. Alexander was the first African American to hold the rank of full professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing.
Monique Robinson-Nichols was promoted to associate dean for students and equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Peabody College of education and human development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 2001, she has been assistant dean of students.
Dr. Robinson-Nichols holds a master’s degree in student personnel services and a doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University.
Marche Fleming-Randle was named assistant to the president for diversity at Wichita State University in Kansas. She has been serving as the assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the university. She joined the staff at Wichita State in 2007.
Dr. Flemming-Randle holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from Kansas State University. She earned a doctorate in adult education from Nova Southeastern University.
Sonia King Gass is the new vice president for institutional advancement and chief development officer at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. She is the former director of planned giving at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and the former vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Gass is a native of Barbados. She received a full track and field scholarship to South Carolina State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in agribusiness.
George C. Hill was named vice chancellor for equity, diversion, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hill is the Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Professor Emeritus in Medical Education at Vanderbilt. Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Dr. Hill was a professor of microbiology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
Dr. Hill is a graduate of Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. from New York University.
J. Lin Dawson is the new director of athletics at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia. He has been serving as interim director of athletics at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.
Dawson is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned an MBA from Walden University and is currently studying for a doctorate at Regents University.