New Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Tyvi Small was appointed vice chancellor for diversity and engagement at the University of Tennessee. He has been serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2018. Before joining the chancellor’s senior leadership team, Small spent 11 years working in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Most recently he was executive director of talent management, diversity, and community relations.

Small has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of South Florida. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education from the University of Tennessee.

Phyllis Metcalf-Turner is the new chief of staff to the president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She is the former dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Dr. Metcalf-Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in speech/language pathology from Eastern Michigan University. She earned a second master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Minnesota.

Krystal Prime Banfield was appointed vice president for education outreach and social entrepreneurship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was associate vice president and has been on the staff at the college since 2006.

Dr. Banfield is a native of Detroit. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Howard University in Washinton, D.C., a master’s degree in music from Indiana University and an educational doctorate from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis.

Joel Thornton has been named interim associate dean for research and learning for the University of Arkansas Libraries. He has been serving as head of Research and Instruction Services for University Libraries. Before coming to the University of Arkansas in 2016, Thorton served on the faculty at Texas A&M University.

Thornton is a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where he majored in accounting. He earned a master’s degree in information science from the University of North Texas.

Lynell Cadray has been appointed Emory University’s inaugural university ombudsperson and senior adviser to the president. For the past five years, Cadray has been serving in the Office of Equity and Inclusion as both vice provost and associate vice provost.

Cadray is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. She earned a master’s degree at Georgia State Univerity.

Kelvin W. Washington was named director of university bands at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Washington has worked with the Howard University Bands for the past 24 years, having previously served as conductor of the Howard University Wind Symphony and associate director of the Showtime Marching Band.

Washington holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instrumental music education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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