New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Jesse F. Kane was named vice provost for student success and enrollment management at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He has been serving as interim associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Kane holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowie State University in Maryland. He is completing work on a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Nicole Curvin was promoted to director of undergraduate admissions at Middlebury College in Vermont. Since 2014, she has been associate director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Curvin is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She holds a master degree in education from Harvard University.

Vanessa Marie Perry was named president of the George Washington University Alumni Association. She is the CEO of Health Resource Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in solutions to public health problems in underserved communities. Dr. Perry is the first African American to lead the Alumni Association.

Dr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a masters of public health degree, and a Ph.D. in psychology.

Michelle Mayo was named associate provost for academic programs and undergraduate research at North Carolina Central University. She is the former associate provost for academic affairs and dean of graduate and professional studies at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Dr. Mayo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Ivey Brown was promoted to chief legal counsel at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He has been serving in the post on an interim basis since last August. From 2006 to 2016, Brown was assistant legal counsel at the university.

Brown is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he majored in English and communications. He earned an MBA at Winston-Salem State University and a juris doctorate from the North Carolina School of Law. Brown is currently studying for an educational doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mireille Grangenois was appointed interim general manager of WEAA-FM radio in Baltimore, a National Public Radio station operated by Morgan State University. She is the former publisher of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Grangenois is a graduate of New York University, where she majored in journalism and history.

Taj Ahmad Eldridge was named director of the ExCITE Accelerator at the University of California, Riverside. He has been serving as interim CEO for ILTG Media.

Eldridge is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he majored in literature and poetry. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.


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