Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Brian Jackson is the new vice president for workforces services at Danville Community College in Virginia. He was director of workforce training at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in human behavior from Capella University.

Yasmine Farley has been appointed director of career services at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She was director of career services at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Dr. Farley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She holds a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Clifford Porter was named vice president for university advancement at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Since 2017, he has been vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Porter is the former executive assistant to the president and chief of staff at Albany State University in Georgia.

Porter is a graduate of Albany State University, where he majored in management. He earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Kristine Kelly was named deputy athletic director for internal affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She previously was a senior associate athletics director for varsity sports and senior woman administrator at Dartmouth College before earning a promotion to executive associate athletics director for varsity sports in 2020.

Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Tennessee and an educational doctorate in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama.

Kenyatta Randall was named director of talent acquisition and recruitment at Grambling State University in Louisiana. She is the former recruitment and employment manager for the University of South Florida and most recently was human resource administrator for the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Grambling State University. She holds an MBA from the University of the People.


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