New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Karyn Scissum Gunn was appointed associate vice president for academic operations at California State University, Fullerton. She has been serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alabama State University.

Dr. Gunn holds a master’s degree in cell biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Auburn University in Alabama.

Kenton W. Rainey is the new chief of police at the University of Chicago. He has been serving as chief of police for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco. He is the former chief of police for the city of Fairfield, Connecticut.

Rainey is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in criminal justice. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

Damon L. Williams was named assistant dean in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the Graduate School of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He was director of diversity, community, and recruitment for the Graduate School at Emory University in Atlanta.

Williams is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans. He earned an MBA from Fontbonne University in Clayton, Missouri.

Charles Isbell, a professor and associate dean in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been given the added duties as faculty representative to the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

Professor Isbell joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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