A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts in Academia

Artanya Wesley was appointed vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was served in the role on an interim basis since last July. Dr. Wesley joined the university in July 2016 as dean of students. Earlier, she served as a senior academic planner for student affairs in the Office of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success for the University of Wisconsin System.

Dr. Wesley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Capella University.

Larry Thomas has selected as the new vice president for communications at the University of South Carolina. He has been serving as director of external affairs, community engagement, legislative affairs, and business support activities for multiple business units of British Petroleum in Texas. He retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy after 25 years of active duty.

A native of Taylors, South Carolina, Thomas has a master of public administration degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Mark Montgomery was appointed chief diversity officer at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York. He has been serving as dean of the School of Public and Human Services at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica.

Dr. Montogmery is a graduate of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where he majored in psychology. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in education from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.


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