Five Black Scholars Appointed to Higher Education Diversity Posts

Paul Frazier was appointed vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion a Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Since 2018, he has served as chief diversity and inclusion officer at the University of Southern Alabama. Earlier, he was associate vice president for institutional diversity, equity, and community engagement at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree in history, master’s degrees in education and curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate in educational leadership, all from Texas Tech University.

Sylvia R. Carey-Butler has been appointed vice president for institutional equity and diversity at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, effective August 16, 2021. She has been serving as chief diversity officer at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Earlier, she served as assistant chancellor for academic support of inclusive excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 2013 to 2019.

A native of Schenectady, New York, Dr. Carey-Butler holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She earned a master’s degree in social science from Binghamton Univerity in New York and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

LaVar Charleston was named deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost, Elzie Higginbottom Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been serving as the inaugural associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at university’s School of Education, where he is a clinical professor of higher education.

Dr. Charleston earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeanne Arnold will serve as the first permanent chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Arnold most recently served as chief diversity officer at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, a job she started in 2014. Earlier, she held a diversity post at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Dr. Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social welfare from Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master of social work degree and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wilmore Webley will be the new associate dean of the Office of Inclusion and Engagement for the Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an associate professor of microbiology and the director of the pre-med/pre-health advising program at the university.

A native of Jamaica, Dr. Webley earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology at Northern Caribbean University. He then went on to earn a master degree and Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


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