Eight African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Cynthia Evers was appointed vice president of student affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was interim vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the university.

Dr. Evers received a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia State University. She earned a master’s degree in education administration and human development and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

R. Darrell Peterson was appointed associate dean of graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, effective August 4. Since 2017, he has been associate vice provost for graduate student services at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Earlier, Dr. Petersen was the director of the Office of Graduate Student Life at Boston College.

Dr. Peterson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Iowa State University.

Ashley Hodges was appointed director of athletics at Notre Dame University of Maryland in Baltimore. She was assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hodges holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Iowa State University. She earned a master’s degree in adult learning and organizational performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an educational doctorate in athletic administration from Northcentral University.

Stacie Clayton has been named director of community affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. She was the director of administration and special projects for the president of Detroit City Council. Previously, she was vice president of government and community affairs for Detroit Renewable Energy.

Clayton earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA at Wayne State University.

Vincent L. Young was named assistant dean of the College of Business at Mississippi State University. In this role, he will oversee the College of Business Academic Advising Center.

Young is a graduate of East Mississippi Community College and earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and real estate finance from Mississippi State University in 2013. He earned a  master of public policy and administration degree from Mississippi State and currently is pursuing a Ph.D.

Kristen Smith was appointed registrar at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She previously served as registrar at the New York Institute of Technology and Mills College in Oakland, California.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Pace University in New York and a master’s degree in applied psychology in counseling education from New York University. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership from Mills College.

Don Hunt is the new senior vice provost for enrollment management and services at North Carolina State University. He was associate vice chancellor for enrollment at the University of California, Davis.

A U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in technology management, and a doctorate in educational leadership from California State University, Fresno.

Kelly McMurray is the new associate vice president for strategic planning, analysis, and institutional effectiveness at Florida A&M University. Dr. McMurray was vice president for institutional effectiveness at Albany State University in Georgia since 2019. Earlier, she worked at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata as associate vice president for planning, institutional effectiveness, and research.

Dr. McMurray earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University. She holds a master’s degree in applied mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State University.


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