Eight African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Robert “Danny” Flanigan Jr. was appointed chief investment officer at Spelman College in Atlanta. He will continue in his role as treasurer at the college. He joined the college in 1970 as the assistant to the business manager and for the past 25 years has been vice president for business and financial affairs.

Flanigan is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where he majored in business administration. He earned an MBA at Emory University in Atlanta.

Kaneisha Bailey Akinpelumi is the new associate vice president for research and sponsored programs at Xavier University in New Orleans. She was an assistant grants policy officer in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration of the National Institutes of Health.

Akinpelumi holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social welfare from Dillard University in New Orleans and a master of social work degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Samira Malik has been promoted to associate vice president of advancement service and operations within the Division of Institutional Advancement at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She most recently served as director of this department.

Malik is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park where she majored in psychology. She earned a master’s degree in data analytics from the University of Maryland University College.

Lauren S. Haynie was named the twelfth director of athletics at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has been serving as senior associate director of athletics at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Haynie graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a degree in kinesiology. She holds a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an MBA, with an emphasis on sports management, from Southern New Hampshire University.

Shaashawn S. Dial is the inaugural director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She had been serving as director of equity and affirmative action for the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Dial is a graduate of Stephens College, where she majored in philosophy, law, and rhetoric. She holds a master of public administration degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and is completing work on a doctorate in administration and leadership studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Zsakiyah Brown is the new director of athletics for Unity College in Maine. She will also serve as coach for women’s volleyball and basketball. She was the assistant compliance officer for Paul Smith’s College in New York.

Brown is a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where she majored in education and secondary mathematics. She is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in sports management.

Stephanie Delaney is the new vice president for instruction at Renton Technical College in Washington State. She is the former dean of academic programs for South Seattle Community College.

Dr. Delaney is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, a master’s degree in environmental law at Vermont Law School and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Adrian Scott was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Clinton College in Rock, Hill, South Carolina. He was the associate executive director and senior development officer for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Baltimore.

Scott is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina, where he majored in history. He holds an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis.


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  1. Marsha Banks says:

    Congratulations Everyone but a special shout out to my dear Friend Shaashawn Dial! We love you and send positive vibes your way ❤️

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