Five African Americans Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Maria Madison was appointed director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Madison, who joined the staff at the university in 2017, will continue to serve as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Magison earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She holds a science doctorate in population and international health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Rick W. Smith Sr. was named vice president for institutional advancement and community relations at Pennsylvania Regional College in Warren. He is the former vice president of institutional advancement, development, and athletics at Kentucky State University

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication from the University of Louisville. He earned an MBA through Kennedy Western University and a master’s degree from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University. He is working on his educational doctorate at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Antionette Marbray was named vice president and chief compliance officer at Stevenson University in Pikesville, Maryland. She was an associate vice president at San Diego State University in California. Earlier she was general counsel at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Marbray is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida and a juris doctorate from Duke University in North Carolina.

Phillip D. Adams is the new vice president of institutional advancement at Xavier University in New Orleans. Adams previously served as the vice president for university advancement at Savannah State University in Georgia.

Adams is a graduate of St. Leo University in Florida. He earned a master’s degree at Golden Gate University.

Shenna M. Woods was appointed director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. She was serving on the faculty at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in St. Louis.

Dr. Woods is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis.


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