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Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

ShaRonda Cooper has been named director of the Department of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. She had been serving as interim director since July 2019. Previously, she led the University Health Center’s student success and training efforts.

Dr. Cooper is a magna cum laude graduate of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in mental health and rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in higher education from Ohio University.

Philip Hunt will be the next registrar at North Dakota State University. Currently, he serves as registrar at the South Dakota School of Mines. Earlier, he was associate registrar at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Hunt will begin his new job on June 1.

Hunt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at the University of Connecticut. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of New Hampshire Law School.

Davida Loren Haywood was appointed vice president for student affairs at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, effective July 1. Currently, she is vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Alabama State University.

Dr. Haywood earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Johnson C. Smith University. She holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and a Ph.D. in educational administration and higher education from Ohio State University.


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  1. ShaRonda Cooper says:

    Hello. My name is Dr. ShaRonda Cooper and I’m the director of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia. I would like to say thank you for including me in your recent field appointment announcement section. I am truly grateful for this honor. Thank you.

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