Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Rica Calhoun is the new chief ethics and compliance officer at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She has been serving as general counsel for Western Illinois University. She joined the staff there seven years ago as assistant director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

Calhoun holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a juris doctorate from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kimberly Ferguson-Scott is the new vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was vice president and dean of students at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ferguson-Scott is the former dean of students at Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University.

Akua Johnson Matherson was promoted to associate vice chancellor for administration and finance at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She was director of budget and financial planning at the university.

Matherson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Lydia Travis was appointed director of athletics at the City College of New York. She was the assistant director of athletics for Queens College of the City University of New York. Earlier, she served as assistant athletic director for internal relations and senior woman administrator at Kentucky State University.

Travis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management from Virginia State University.


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