Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Shawnté Elbert has agreed to assume the role of associate vice president for well-being and health in the Office of Student Life at Ohio State University. She was the associate dean for health and wellness at Central Washington University.

Dr. Elbert is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she majored in health education. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and a doctorate in educational leadership and management from St. Thomas University.

Charmelle Green has been named deputy athletics director for internal operations at the University of Utah. She has spent the past 10 years in the athletics department at Pennsylvania State University, serving most recently as senior associate athletics director for student-athlete performance, health and welfare, and senior woman administrator.

After an All-America softball career at the University of Utah, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, Green played one season of professional softball in New Zealand following graduation. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University-South Bend.

Steve Ransom was named interim vice president for student affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He has been serving as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the university.

Ransom holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in education from Indiana University.

DeMarcus L. Hopson was appointed executive director for military student services and veterans affairs at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hopson earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral and social sciences from Kentucky State University.

Kendra Tircuit was appointed executive director of advancement services at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She was director of finance at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. From 2016 to 2019, Tircuit was senior director for the Xavier University Office of Advancement.

Tircuit is a graduate of Xavier University, where she majored in accounting. She holds an MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Clint Fluker is the new curator of African American collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. He was the assistant director of engagement and scholarship at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Dr. Fluker earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies from Emory University.

Tammi Jackson was appointed vice president for business and finance at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her previous experience includes serving as deputy general counsel for fiscal and risk management and compliance for the National Bar Association and as vice president for finance and administration for Dominican University in Illinois, Goucher College in Baltimore, and Mills College in Oakland, California.

Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned a law degree from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marlon Lynch was chosen as the sixth chief of the police department and vice president for public safety at Michigan State University. He has been serving as chief safety officer for the University of Utah. Earlier, he was senior vice president for campus services and safety at New York University.

Lynch is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University.

Jenelle Beavers was appointed vice president for strategy at Colorado State University. She has been serving as a member of the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Missouri System.

Beavers is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in English. She earned both a master’s degree in public health and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan.


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  1. Dr Hampton says:

    Congrats to all!

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