A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Jane Andayi Opiri has been appointed assistant professor in the department of human sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an assistant professor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Earlier, she was an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Dr. Opiri holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in textiles, apparel design, and merchandising from Louisiana State University.

Donald Mitchell Jr., a professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, was given the added duties of chief diversity, inclusion, and equity officer at the university. He will take on this new role in June. Dr. Mitchell also serves as chair of the university’s master’s degree in higher education leadership and social justice program.

Professor Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

LaTeshia Warren was promoted to associate professor of elementary education at Georgia Gwinnett College. She has been on the faculty at the college since 2013.

Dr. Warren is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she majored in elementary education. She holds a master’s degree in postsecondary education from Troy University in Alabama and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Anne M. Mungai, professor of education at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, was given the added duties of associate provost for strategic initiatives and graduate studies. Since September 2019, Dr. Mungai has served as special assistant to the provost, working on diverse academic initiatives. Prior to that appointment, she served as interim dean of Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education for two years. She joined the faculty at the university in 1998.

Dr. Mungai earnd a bachelor’s degree in English and religious education from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in special education from Michigan State University.

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