Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

deneese-jonesDeneese L. Jones was named vice president for academic affairs at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. From 2012 to 2015 she was provost and professor of education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Earlier, she was dean and professor of education at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Dr. Jones is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University.

TamraWrightTamra Wright was named director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has been serving as vice president for the Simon Youth Foundation in Indianapolis.

Wright is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She holds a master of public administration degree from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University.

hodges_hsAshley Hodges was named assistant director of athletics at Southern Vermont College in Bennington. Since 2009, she has been the head athletic trainer at the college, and will continue in that post as well.

Hodges is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she majored in exercise and sports science. She holds a master’s degree in adult learning and organization performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and is currently studying for an educational doctorate through Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

faulconGaddis Faulcon is the new vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the former interim president and former dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Shaw University, which is also in Raleigh. Earlier, he held several administrative posts at Saint Augustine’s University.

Dr. Faulcon is a graduate of Saint Augustine’s University. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Marie Williams was appointed associate vice chancellor for human resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She has been serving as associate vice president for human resources and administrative services at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Williams is a graduate of what is now Birmingham City University in England. She holds an MBA from Georgia Southern University.

Jomes-JohnsonMichelle Jones-Johnson will be the new chief diversity officer and vice president for talent development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. She was the senior human resources business partner for Aetna Inc. She is the former director of talent management for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Jones-Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She holds an MBA from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.


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