New University Administrative Posts for Six African Americans

Tracey Ford has been appointed vice provost and dean of student affairs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has served in the position on an interim basis since August and will begin her permanent appointment on July 1. Previously, Dr. Ford held a similar role as vice president for student affairs at Tennessee State University.

Dr. Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Norfolk State University in Virginia and a master’s degree in genetics from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Sean T. Bennett is the new vice president for diversity and inclusion at Salem State University in Massachusetts. He had been serving as assistant dean for academic operations and student success in the College of Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Dr. Bennett holds master’s degrees from the College of Brockport of the State University of New York System and Harvard University. He earned an educational doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Samara Hough was named director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality at the University of Michigan-Flint. Previously, she worked at the Michigan State University Center for Survivors and at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Center for the Education of Women and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.

Hough earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Martin Jarmond has been named as the Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jarmond has served as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College for the past three years.

A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jarmond earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He holds an MBA and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.

Claudia Donald has been named interim chief marketing officer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been serving as executive director of digital marketing and online communications at the university. She joined the staff at the university in 2005.

Donald is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she majored in food and natural resources. She holds a master’s degree in computer information systems from Boston University.

Jasmin Sessoms has been named interim director of alumni affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Prior to her appointment, Sessoms served as assistant director of development at the university.

Sessoms is a magna cum laude graduate of Fayetteville State University, where she majored in mass communications.


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