A Pair of African American Women Appointed to High-Level University Posts

Tonya Matthews has been named associate provost for inclusive workforce development and director of STEM learning innovation at Wayne State University in Detroit. She most recently served as the inaugural president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, transforming the Detroit Science Center into the region’s hands-on STEM learning center.

Dr. Matthews is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she double majored in electrical and biomedical engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Jamilla Deria has been named director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was program director of the Apollo Theater Foundation in New York.

Deria holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree from New York University.


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