Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions

David Valentine was named vice president of financial services and chief financial officer at the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. He has been serving as president of the Valentine/Crawford Group which provides services to leaders of color in the charter school environment. Earlier in his career, he served in several roles at the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg Foundation.

Valentine is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he majored in business administration. He earned an MBA at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Aileen Warren, assistant vice chancellor and director of human resources for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will serve in the same capacity at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, leading strategic employment initiatives for both campuses. She has been on the medical center’s staff since 2014.

Warren holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Keith Smith was appointed vice president of student affairs at Tacoma Community College in Washington State. He has been serving as associate vice chancellor for enrollment services and director of admission at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

Smith holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington-Seattle.

Stuart Robinson has been named assistant vice president and director of athletics at New York University, effective August 3. Robinson comes to NYU from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he served as director of athletics, wellness, and recreation since 2001. He was also the head coach of the men’s soccer team for 15 years.

Robinson is a 1983 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he majored in English. He earned a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Franklin A. Tuitt has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Connecticut. He will officially begin his duties in July. Dr. Tuitt has been a member of the University of Denver faculty since 2004 and was that university’s chief diversity officer from 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Tuitt holds a bachelor’s degree in human relations from Connecticut College in New London. He earned a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy and an educational doctorate from Harvard University.


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