Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education
Filed in Appointments on April 8, 2016
Trevor A. Dawes was appointed the May Morris Librarian at the University of Delaware, effective July 1. He will also hold the post as vice provost for libraries and museums at the university. Currently, Dawes is the associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the staff there in 2013 and previously serve in library positions at Princeton University and Columbia University.
Dawes is a graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in sociology. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University and a master of library and information science degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Patricia Lowe is the new executive director of the Office for Institutional Diversity at Boston College. She has served in the post on an interim basis since November 1. She has worked in the human resources department at the college since 2010.
Lowe is a graduate of Boston College and the Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
Sandra Hodge was appointed interim vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She has been serving as a special assistant to the president of the university.
Before joining the staff at the university, Hodge was the regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in Mississippi. Hodge is a 1997 graduate of Jackson State University.
K. Matthew Dames is the new associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was interim dean of Syracuse University Libraries in New York.
Dr. Dames is a graduate of the City University of New York and the Northeastern University School of Law. He was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. at the School of Information Sciences at Syracuse University.
Joelle A. Murchison was appointed associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Connecticut, effective July 5. Currently, she is vice president of enterprise diversity and inclusion for The Travelers Companies.
Murchison is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she majored in public policy. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and a second master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University in New York.
Jason Pina was named vice president for student affairs at Ohio University in Athens. He will begin his new job on June 13. Currently, Dr. Pina is vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Earlier, he was dean of students at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Pina is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he majored in economics. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.