Eight African Americans Who Have Been Selected for New Administrative Positions in Academia

Kathi Dantley Warren has been promoted to vice president for development and alumni relations at Rice University in Houston. She was the university’s associate vice president of development.

Warren is a summa cum laude graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Alicia Wilson has been named vice president for economic development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore. She currently serves as senior vice president of impact investments and senior legal counsel for Port Covington Impact Investments, as well as vice president of community affairs and legal advisor for Sagamore Development Company.

Wilson is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she majored in political science. She holds a law degree from the University of Maryland.

Michael Johnson has been named superintendent of the Florida A&M University Development Research School. He was the senior adviser for equity for Denver Public Schools.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. He holds a master’s degree in administration, leadership, and policy studies from the University of Colorado.

Shirley A. Friar has been named chief of staff at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Most recently, she served as a senior advisor for Excelencia in Education, a higher education research and policy-oriented organization in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Friar is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara in California, where she majored in commerce. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a doctoral degree in accounting with minors in information systems, statistics, and decision sciences from the University of Texas.

Donna J. Howard has been named vice president for institutional advancement and executive director for the Morgan State University Foundation in Baltimore. She had been serving as interim vice president and previously served as assistant vice president for development at Morgan State.

Howard is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she majored in nonprofit marketing.

Virginia Teachey has been named vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She was assistant dean for finance and business management in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Teachey is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, where she majored in business administration. She holds an MBA from Anderson University.

Donna Stewartson has been named college operations director of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University in Boston. She most recently served as community school director and program administrator at the MLK Jr. K-8 School/YMCA of Greater Boston.

Stewartson is a graduate of Boston College where she majored in political science with a minor in African American studies. She holds an MBA from Simmons University.

Marie Collins has been named senior vice president of academic affairs at Hodges University in Naples, Florida. She has served as the director of program development in the university’s School of Health Sciences since August 2018.

Dr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and a master’s degree in dental hygiene education both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Georgia Southern University.


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