National Institute on Aging

New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities for Seven African Americans

Martin Lemelle was named executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He had been serving as interim vice president for finance at the university. Before joining the administration at Grambling State University in 2016, Lemelle was director of business administration for the Industry Retail Group.

Lemelle is a graduate of Grambling State University, where he majored in accounting and was student body president. He holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Floyd Hardin III was appointed senior officer of Outreach, Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. He is the former executive director of youth programs and compliance in the Department of Children and Family Services for the state of Georgia.

Dr. Hardin is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in psychology and humanities studies. He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

David L. Perry is the new assistant vice chancellor and chief of police at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perry served for 14 years as police chief at Florida State University. Earlier, he was deputy chief of police for Clemson University in South Carolina and chief of police at Albany State University in Georgia.

Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Albany State University.

Dawn Alston has been appointed chief financial officer and vice president for business and financial affairs at Spelman College in Atlanta. She joined the staff at Spelman College in 1999 as a research technician in the department of biology and biochemistry.

Alston is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Clemson University in South Carolina and an MBA from Louisiana State University.

John C. Gregory was named director of veterans and military student affairs at Kentucky State University. Dr. Gregory served over 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Army before retiring as a lieutenant colonel this past June. He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Gregory earned a bachelor’s in history from the Virginia Military Institute. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tony Pace was appointed associate director for strategic initiatives at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was the director of undergraduate admissions at Southern Connecticut State University. Previously, he held enrollment management posts at Trinity College, the College of the Holy Cross, and Vanderbilt University.

Pace is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Erin Lynch has been named the associate provost for scholarship, research, and innovation at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Dr. Lynch most recently served as the research director of the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University. Previously, she served as director of student research and innovation at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and was a tenured faculty member in the department of educational specialties.

Dr. Lynch received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she majored in English secondary education. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University.


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  1. Dr Michelle Webb says:

    Congratulations to all of the named professionals!

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