Three African Americans Who Are Assuming New University Administrative Duties

Reginald Ruffin was named director of athletics at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He will also serve as head football coach at the university. Ruffin is the former director of athletics and head football coach at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.

Ruffin is a 1998 graduate of the University of North Alabama and holds a master’s degree in education administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Valeda F. Dent was appointed the inaugural vice provost of libraries and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta. She has been serving as acting provost and vice president for academic affairs as well as vice president for student success and learning at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Earlier, Dr. Dent was dean and university librarian at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and dean and chief operating officer for the libraries at Long Island University in New York.

Dr. Dent is a graduate of Hunter College, where she majored in film studies. She holds a master of social work degree and a master of library and information science degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in information science from Long Island University.

Melanie E. Jones was appointed vice president for advancement, research, and economic development at Grambling State University in Louisiana. She was vice president for college advancement at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she also served as the executive director of the York Technical College Foundation.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Tennessee Technological University.


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