Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Barbee Oakes was appointed chief diversity officer at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, effective September 1. She has been serving as chief diversity officer and assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dr. Oakes holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wake Forest University. She earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Tennessee.

Maurice Stinnett was appointed vice president of engagement and chief diversity officer at Cleveland State University. He was dean of students at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Dr. Stinnett is a graduate of Central State University. He earned a master of divinity degree from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Columbia University in New York City.

Elaine L. Westbrooks was appointed University Librarian and vice provost for university libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been serving as associate university librarian for research at the University of Michigan.

Westbrooks holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Nsombi B. Ricketts is the new assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She was the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the university’s Graduate School.

Ricketts is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in education and social policy. She holds an MBA in marketing, strategy, and leadership from Emory University in Atlanta.

Nick Wallace was appointed assistant dean for enrollment management at the Syracuse University College of Law. He was senior associate dean for admissions and financial aid at the Rutgers Law School in New Jersey.

Wallace holds a master of public policy degree and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.


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