New Administrative Posts for Five African Americans in Higher Education

Patricia Pratt-Cook was named senior vice president for human resources, equity, and inclusion at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been serving as vice president for human resources and chief diversity officer at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

Pratt-Cook is a graduate of Mankato State University in Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and is currently studying for an MBA at the College of St. Scholastica.

Jasmin Spain was promoted to assistant vice president for student development and community standards at Pitt Community College in Greenville, North Carolina. He was director of student mentoring, conduct, and academic progression at the college.

Spain is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, where he majored in exercise science. He holds a master’s degree in counselor education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Amber Williams was named assistant vice chancellor for academic services and enrollment management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since 2011, Dr. Williams has served as director of admissions and associate dean of enrollment management at the University of Nebraska. She joined the staff at the university in 2002 as assistant director for diversity recruitment.

Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Martin Jarmond was named the William V. Campbell director of athletics at Boston College. He has been serving as deputy director of athletics at Ohio State University. He is the former assistant athletics director for development at Michigan State University.

Jarmond is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He holds an MBA and a master’s degree in sports management from Ohio University.

Keyonda M. Smith was promoted to director of online course design and development for the Maryland University of Integrated Health in Laurel. She was an instructional systems designer.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in health education, a master’s degree in education, a doctor of natural health degree, and a doctorate in educational leadership, all from Trident University.


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