Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Tomika P. LeGrande was named vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, effective June 1. She has been serving as vice president for strategic enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Dr. LeGrande is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a master’s degree in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

John Barker is the new senior associate dean of the faculty for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester in New York. He was dean for international education at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Earlier, he was assistant provost for undergraduate education at the University of Miami in Florida.

Dr. Barker is a graduate of the State University of New York Oswego, where he majored in political science and history. He holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Rochester.

Yesomi Umolu, the exhibitions curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, was named artistic director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, a showcase for emerging talents in architecture and design that will be held from September 2019 to January 2020.

Umolu holds a master’s degree in architectural design from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a master’s degree in contemporary art curating from the Royal College of Art in London.

Darryl Holloman was appointed vice president for student affairs at Spelman College in Atlanta. He will begin his new job on April 2. He has been serving as associate vice president for student life and dean of students at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Earlier, Dr. Holloman was assistant vice president for student life and an assistant professor at Columbus State University in Georgia.

Dr. Holloman holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master of public administration degree, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies, all from Georgia State University.


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