A Half Dozen African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Sandra Mitchell is the inaugural director of equity and inclusion at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was an intercultural education program specialist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Earlier, she was the chief diversity officer at the University of North Dakota.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Braque Talley has been named vice chancellor for enrollment management and student success at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He was the vice president of enrollment management at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Earlier, Dr. Talley was the coordinator of marketing and recruitment at Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Talley is a graduate of Rust College, where he majored in English. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Alabama A&M University and a Ph.D. in higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Amber R. Smith was appointed vice president for inclusion and equity at the University of Indianapolis. She has been serving as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, inclusion, and outreach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in student affairs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned aa Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at Capella University.

Ralph Thompson II is the new interim dean of students at Phoenix College of the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. He has served the community college district for nearly 20 years most recently as interim associate dean of student affairs at Phoenix College.

Thompson is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. He holds a master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University.

Tineke Battle was appointed chief human resources officer at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. Most recently, she served as assistant vice provost for faculty affairs at Pennsylvania State University. Battle will begin her new duties in December.

Battle holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in learning, leadership, and organizational development from the University of Georgia.

Justin Moses is the new vice president for operations at Norfolk State University in Virginia. He also holds the title of chief strategist for institutional effectiveness. He had been serving as an associate vice provost at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Moses is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He holds a master’s degree in education and a juris doctorate from Ohio State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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