New Administrative Appointments for Seven African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Olufunmilayo Adebayo is the new assistant dean for inclusion and engagement for the Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Dr. Adebayo is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University.

Kimberly M. Lowery was appointed associate vice chancellor of student engagement and success at Houston Community College in Texas. She has been serving as associate vice president for academic affairs and student success at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas.

Dr. Lowery holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Long Beach. She earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of North Texas.

Patrick J. Sims was named deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will also serve as the Elzie Higginbotham Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.

Sims is a graduate of Yale University, where he double majored in theatre and psychology. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hallema Sharif was appointed director of public relations and communications in the Office for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech. She has been serving as interim director of communications for the School of Arts in Qatar of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sharif is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where she majored in mass communication. She is studying for an MBA in marketing through the University of Phoenix.

Allison Monyei is the new staff ombuds at Clemson University in South Carolina. She was associate ombuds at the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.

Monyei is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she double majored in criminology and health science. She earned a juris doctorate at the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia.

Mark G. Gordon was appointed director of bands at Langston University in Oklahoma. He is the former assistant director of bands at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Gordon is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where he majored in applied music. He holds a master’s degree in music composition from Texas Southern University in Houston and is working on a doctorate in education from North Central University in Minneapolis.

Nicole Pride was named interim vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She was chief of staff to the university’s chancellor and earlier served as associate vice chancellor for university relations and interim vice chancellor for university advancement. She has been on the university’s staff since 2010.

Pride is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she majored in business management and economics. She holds a master’s degree in corporate and public relations from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and is completing work on a doctorate in leadership studies at North Carolina A&T State University.


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