Six African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Danyelle Gary has been named senior director of university marketing and communications at Albany State University in Georgia. She has been an administrator at the university since 2013 including serving as interim director of media relations, interim director of university communications, and a public relations specialist.

Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University in Virginia and a master’s degree in communication arts from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Von Johnson has been appointed assistant vice president for institutional advancement and development at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He was director of development for the College of Business at Louisiana State University. Previously, he held fundraising posts at Binghamton University in New York and Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colgate University and a master of social work degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Deborah Alston has been named interim director of alumni relations at Virginia Union University. She has been director of prospect research and gifts management at the university since 2009.

Alston holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia State University.

Monika Williams Shealey has been named senior vice president of the newly created Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She has served as dean of the university’s College of Education since 2013.

Dr. Shealey holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, an education degree in reading/learning disabilities from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Central Florida.

JaPrince Carter was named assistant director of alumni relations at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, He was director of alumni relations at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Carter is a graduate of Virginia Union University where he double majored in music education and English with a concentration in literature. He holds an MBA from Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

John Gates has been named vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has been serving as associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gates holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, a master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University, and a Ph.D. in leadership and organizational behavior at the University of London.


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