Universities Appoint Five African Americans to Administrative Positions

Jovette Dew has been promoted to director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Oklahoma State University. She has served as assistant vice president for institutional diversity since 2017 and director of diversity academic support since 2008.

Dr. Dew earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management at Oklahoma State University. After working as an industrial engineer for six years, she returned to the university to complete a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel and a PhD. in educational psychology.

Leonard Brown was appointed vice president of student affairs at Norfolk State University in Virginia. He was vice president for student affairs and dean of students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Earlier, Dr. Brown was dean of students and vice president for student development at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Dickinson College, Brown holds master’s degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb and the St. Mary’s Seminary and University Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Baltimore. He earned a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland.

Melba V. Pearson was named director of policy and programs for the Center for the Administration of Justice at Florida International University in Miami. In this role, Pearson will work to improve prosecutor efficiency and fairness through data-driven analysis and performance measures. She is a former prosecutor and was deputy director of the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Pearson earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a juris doctorate from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in Uniondale, New York.

Rashad Young as the new senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was the longest-serving city administrator in District of Columbia government history.

Young received a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Eric Sullivan was promoted to interim director of public safety at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. He has been on the staff at the university for four years and most recently served as deputy chief of public safety.

A native of St. Louis, Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Harris-Stowe State University.


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