Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Donica Thomas Varner was appointed vice president, general counsel and secretary at Oberlin College in Ohio. Since June 2017, she has served as interim general counsel and secretary. Previously, Varner was associate general counsel at the University of Michigan.

Varner is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she majored in political science. She earned her law degree at the University of Michigan.

Genyne Royal was named assistant dean for student success and director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative at Michigan State University. She has been the interim director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative since December.

Dr. Royal is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she majored in vocal music. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.

Jermaine Truax will be the next director of athletics and recreation at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been serving as deputy director of athletics at Loyola University in Chicago.

Truax is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he played football and earned a degree in health and physical education. He holds a master’s degree in sport management from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and is working on a doctorate in education from Bowling Green State University.


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