Six African Americans Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Brigette A. Bryant has been named vice president for development and alumni relations at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She was vice chancellor for university advancement at the City University of New York.

Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in music production and engineering from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rita L. Walters has been named vice president of development at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Most recently she served as chief development officer for Catholic Charities of Maryland and vice president of advancement at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Walters is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she majored in accounting. She holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Rolanda Burney has been named interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She most recently served as a consultant for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Burney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Bryle Henderson Hatch has been named executive director for community engagement at North Carolina A&T State University. He was diversity manager for Duke University’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Hatch holds three degrees from North Carolina A&T State University: a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, a master’s degree in adult and higher education, and a doctorate in leadership studies.

Carol E. Henderson has been named vice provost for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and advisor to the president at Emory University in Atlanta. She currently serves as vice provost for diversity at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in political science. She holds a master’s degree in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside.

Rhae-Ann Booker has been named the first-ever vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health. She was executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Booker is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master of social work degree and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in evaluation from Western Michigan University.


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