Five Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Positions

Corey Bradford is the new vice president of administration and finance at Governors State University in Illinois, holding more than 25 years of senior-level administrative experience in higher education administration. He is the former president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

Dr. Bradford earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Southern Illinois University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Cheryl Moore is the executive director of the Career Studio at Alverno College, in Milwaukee, where she will lead efforts to prepare students for competitive futures. Dr. Moore was an assistant professor and chair of the undergraduate business program at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Dr. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, and a Ph.D. in organization and management with a specialization in leadership from Capella University.

Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr., was named director of Hampton University Online. Dr. Taylor also serves as the director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at the university. He served as deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for strategic diversity integration during the Obama administration.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Hampton University. He holds a master’s degree in human resources development and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Thesha Woodley has been appointed director of alumni engagement for Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Woodley most recently served as the associate director of visitor experience and membership for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

Woodley is a 2007 graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.

Opeyemi Olukemi is the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She came to Duke after stints at the Tribeca Film Institute and, most recently, American Documentary|POV, where she initiated partnerships, initiatives, and projects at the intersections of technology and storytelling.

Olukemi attended Stony Brook University in New York.


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