New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Danielle Porter has been named executive director of human resources at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was employee services director at an information technology staffing company.

Porter holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a professional in human resources certificate.

Debora D. Ferreira has been named the chancellor’s liaison to the Office of General Counsel at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently serving as the university’s executive director of equal opportunity and Title IX coordinator.

Ferreira is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned degrees in Afro-American studies and legal studies. She holds a juris doctorate from Boston College Law School.

Darrell Ray was appointed interim vice president for student life at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been serving as vice president for student affairs at the University of Memphis. Earlier, Dr. Ray was assistant vice president of student affairs at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia

Felicia Washington has been named senior vice president of human resources at the University of Southern California. She was vice chancellor for workplace strategy, equity, and engagement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Washington is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in economics. She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Utibe Offiong has been named university audit executive at Syracuse University in New York. She has served as chief university auditor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, since 2008.

Offiong holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA both from Northeastern University in Boston.

Stephanie Williams has been named director of the Ohio University Press. She was director of marketing and sales at the University Press of Kentucky.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in writing and literature from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Sylvia Carey-Butler has been named chief diversity officer at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is currently vice chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Dr. Carey-Butler is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta where she majored in liberal arts and sciences. She holds a master’s degree in social science with an emphasis in counseling and a Ph.D. in education and human development.


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  1. Phyllis Qualls says:

    Congratulations to Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler

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