Eight Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Gwynth R. Nelson was appointed vice president of institutional advancement and development and chief development officer at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in telecommunications. She holds a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and a doctorate in educational leadership from Capella University.

Vanessa M. Britto was appointed assistant vice president and executive director of health and wellness at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, effective January 16. She has been serving as director of health services at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Dr. Britto is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Fenimore Fisher is the new vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Since 2012, Fisher has served as deputy commissioner and chief diversity officer for the City of New York. He is the former vice president for diversity initiatives at Walmart.

Fisher is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He holds a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University in Ada.

Eric V. Hilton is the new director of admissions and recruitment at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne. He was dean of enrollment services at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hilton holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Ohio University in Athens.

Crystal Ann Williams was named associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Boston University. She has been serving as an associate vice president and a professor of English at Bates College in Maine. Earlier, she taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Williams is a graduate of New York University. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Cornell University.

Calleen B. Herbert was promoted to director of the Office of Community Engagement and Service at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She was the interim director of the academic community service learning program. She has been on the staff at the university since 2010.

Herbert is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she majored in computer science. She holds a master’s degree in public management and policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Said Sewell, who recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University of Missouri, was named a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Sewell is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in political science. He holds a master of public administration degree from Texas Southern University in Houston and Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University.

Eunice Angelica Whitmal was named academic adviser for Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Since 2014, she has served as an undergraduate advisor in communications disorders.

Dr. Whitmal is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African American studies from the University of Massachusetts.


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  1. Grace Rolle says:

    Nice publication.

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