New Administrative Posts for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

LaDaniel Gatling II has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was the director of development for constituent programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gatling earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

Shernita Lee has been named director of the Graduate School Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was previously a program specialist in education and outreach for the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Alabama State University and a Ph.D. in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology from Virginia Tech.

Katrina Poe has been selected as the newest staff physician at the John C. Longest Student Health Center at Mississippi State University. She has served as a family physician in Montgomery County, Mississippi, for the past 17 years.

Dr. Poe earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Mississippi State University and a medical doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

Kelvin King has been appointed director of the department of campus safety and security at Auburn University in Alabama. He was previously a FBI supervisory special agent.

King is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in political science with a minor in psychology. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

John Ambrose has been named interim executive director for admissions and recruitment at Michigan State University. He currently serves as senior associate director in the Office of Admissions.

Ambrose received a bachelor’s degree in printing management from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in education and adult learning from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.

Deirdre Logan has been appointed as a full-time physician devoted to the care of women students at the University of Southern California Student Health Center. For the past 14 years, she has been the chief physician of the OB/GYN department as well as founder and director of the teen clinic at Watts Healthcare in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Logan holds a medical doctorate from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in medical management from the university’s Marshall School of Business.

Darrilynn Todd has been appointed associate vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She was previously executive administrator at the UTHSC and has been serving as interim associate vice chancellor since May.

Dr. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in education from Oakland University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.


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