Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Mario Berry has been named acting chief information officer at Texas Southern University in Houston. He was vice president and chief information officer at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Berry holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from National American University and a master’s degree in management/computer information technology from Regis University in Denver. He is expected to complete his doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University in 2019.

Edward Pittman has been named senior associate dean of the College for Professional Development at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has been an administrator at the college for the past 28 years, most recently serving as associate dean of the college for Campus Life and Diversity.

Pittman holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Vassar College, a master’s degree in multicultural education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maureen O. Stokes has been named assistant vice president for communications and marketing at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She was associate vice president of external relations, marketing, and communications at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Stokes holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in strategic communications and leadership from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Natalie Pennywell has been named director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richmond East End Health Education and Wellness Center. She was the community outreach coordinator for the Division of Community Nutrition in the Virginia Department of Health.

Pennywell holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Voorhees College in South Carolina and a master of public health degree in health promotion, education, and behavior from the University of South Carolina.


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