Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Maria Ramirez has recently been appointed assistant director of faculty development and diversity at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She previously served as a senior student advisor at NYU and as coordinator of pre-college programs at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Ramirez is a graduate of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where she majored in history. She earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at New York University.

Ryan J. Davis is the new associate vice president for institutional equity and diversity at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was director of inclusion programs at Brown, Earlier, Dr. Davis was director of assessment and educational programs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, where he majored in business administration. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University.

Jamina Scippio-McFadden was named director of the University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield. She has served as interim director for the past year. Scippio-McFadden joined the UMass Center in 2014 as the director of marketing and community relations, student services, and academic support.

Scippio-McFadden received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She earned a master’s degree in communications from the University of Florida and is currently a doctoral candidate in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mary-Ann Ibeziako is the new assistant vice president for utilities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She joins Virginia Tech from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of engineering and energy. Earlier, Ibeziako was director of energy services and sustainability at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Ibeziako holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University. She earned an MBA at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Shantay Bolton was appointed deputy chief operating officer at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Bolton will have oversight over human resources and enterprise risk functions. She has been on the staff at the university since 2017.

Dr. Bolton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alabama A&M University. She earned an MBA in corporate business from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Walden University.


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