National Institute on Aging

New Administrative Assignments in Higher Education for Four African Americans

riceRolundus Rice was appointed the inaugural chief diversity officer at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He will also serve as assistant provost for academic affairs and strategic initiatives. Dr. Rice was the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Talladega College in Alabama.

A graduate of DeVry University, Dr. Rice earned a master’s degree in history from Alabama State University in Montgomery and was the second African American to earn a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in Alabama.

camille-kluttz-leach-edCamille Kluttz-Leach was promoted to vice chancellor and chief of staff at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Since 2009, she has been serving as the university’s general counsel.

Kluttz-Leach is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she majored in sociology and psychology. She earned a law degree at North Carolina Central University in Durham and is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

vassel-headshot-2014Rachel Vassel is the new assistant vice president of program development in the Division of Advancement and External Affairs at Syracuse University in New York. She has been serving as director of multicultural marketing for the American Cancer Society.

Vassel also serves as an adjunct professor for the Syracuse University online master’s degree program in communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations from Syracuse University.

newmanMarc A. Newman was appointed vice president for advancement at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He has been serving as a development officer for the United Negro College Fund. From 2005 to 2014, Newman was vice president for institutional advancement at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Newman is a graduate of Chicago State University. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


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