Universities Announce the Appointments of Nine African Americans to Administrative Posts

Fenita Morris-Shepard was named chief legal counsel for North Carolina Central University. Morris-Shepard served as interim chief legal counsel at NCCU from March 2020 to January 2021. Prior to joining NCCU, she served as counsel at Phelps Dunbar. She is the former assistant United States attorney in the Civil Division in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Morris-Shepard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree at North Carolina Central University.

Robert J. Vickers is the new associate vice president for leadership communications at the University of Rochester in New York. He was director of public relations at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Vickers earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism a Howard University in Washington D.C. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University in New York.

Sandra Wilson was appointed assistant dean for the John P. Burke School of Public Service & Education at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. She has been serving as director of undergraduate public service and education programs and program chair for the criminal justice program at the university.

Wilson is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and a juris doctorate from New England Law School.

Marcy Muldrow Sanders has been named National Security Innovation Network program director for Florida A&M University and the Florida State University System. The initiative is designed to expose faculty and students to civilian research and entrepreneurship opportunities with the U.S. Department of Defense. A retired Navy commander, Muldrow Sanders specialized in anti-submarine warfare during her military career.

Muldrow Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Florida A&M University. She went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu and a doctor of public health degree in epidemiology from Capella University.

Ragan D. R. Royal was appointed assistant vice president for individual giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She joins Howard from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was the managing director of major gifts. Earlier, she served as associate vice president of development at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Royal holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Eunice Jeffries, director of government and community relations at Oakland Community College in Michigan, was named chair of the board of regents of Eastern Michigan Univerity. She is the first African American woman to hold the position.

Jeffries holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Fisk University in Nashville. She earned an MBA from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

Costin Dawn Shamble has been appointed director of the Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She joins Vanderbilt from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she has served as university attorney for the past four years.

Shamble is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She earned her law degree at Vanderbilt University.

Samuel Hayes III has been named chief facilities officer at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has served in the position on an interim basis since July 2020.

Hayes earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from Virginia Tech.

Shantay Bolton has been appointed executive vice chancellor for administration and chief administrative officer at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1. She currently serves as vice president and deputy chief operating officer at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Dr. Bolton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alabama A&M University. She went on to earn a doctorate in organizational psychology with a concentration in industrial psychology from Walden University and an MBA from Florida International University.

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