Three African Americans Who Are Retiring From Higher Education Posts

Rhonda Rogers, the executive assistant for Cultural and Community Centers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, is retiring. She joined the staff at the university in 1973 and served in a number of roles in student affairs, housing and residence life, and Greek life.

Rogers is a graduate of Wytheville Community College in Virginia. She then became one of the first African American secretaries at the university.

Karla Spurlock-Evans is stepping down at the end of June from her post as dean of multicultural affairs and senior diversity officer at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She joined the staff at the university in 1999 as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Spurlock-Evans is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College in New York City, where she majored in political science. She earned a master’s degree in American studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

Kent Merritt, an administrative supervisor in the department of history at the University of Virginia, is retiring. He has worked at the university for nearly two decades after working in the banking industry.

Merritt was one of four African Americans who integrated the University of Virginia football team in 1970. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Virginia.


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