Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Jimmy Teriell Tate was named chief of staff to the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham. He is the former president of Roanoke Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Earlier, Dr. Tate was vice president for college advancement and strategic initiatives at James Sprung Community College in Kenansville, North Carolina.

Dr. Tate earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He holds an educational doctorate in leadership and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Crystal A. deGregory was named the sole preferred candidate to direct the new Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal at Kentucky State University. Dr. deGregory is the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory.

Dr. deGregory is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree in education at Tennessee State University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Jenae Jones was named director of athletic communication at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. She was the assistant director of sports information at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Jones is a 2011 graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

Leon Jones was named chief of police at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He will lead a force of 33 sworn officers and 10 civilian employees. Jones is a 22-year veteran of the university’s police force, most recently serving as captain of the patrol division.

Jones earned associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Kaplan University.

Danita Brown-Young was recently appointed the vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brown-Young previously served as vice provost of student affairs and dean of students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Dr. Brown-Young received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio, a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola University in Chicago, and Ph.D. in higher education from Ohio University.

Ulysses Williams is the new director of alumni affairs at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He is the former general manager of the college’s AM radio station. He has been on the staff at Voorhees College for more than a decade.

Williams is a graduate of Voorhees College, where he majored in business administration. He earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

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