New Administrative Positions for Five Black Women in Higher Education

Linette White is the new assistant director for faculty and staff development for the Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is the former director of multicultural programs in the College of Pharmacy at the university.

Dr. White holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and African American studies from Indiana University. She earned a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University, and a doctorate in education and ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Joy Cook is the new associate vice chancellor for strategic communications at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She has served on an interim basis as the university’s media relations director and spokesperson since May 2021. Earlier, Cook worked at North Carolina A&T State University in a variety of roles, including interim media relations director, marketing and public relations manager, and communications specialist.

Cook is a  graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she double majored in communication studies and English.

Dawn Smallwood was promoted to assistant vice president for campus safety and chief of police at Stony Brook University in New York. She has been serving since November 2020 as assistant chief of patrol and community relations at the university. Smallwood is the first woman to hold the position in the university’s history and the first woman of color to be a chief of police at any of the campuses of the State University of New York.

Smallwood holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in forensic psychology, and an advanced certificate in emergency management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Jessica White is the new director of the Title IX Office at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was the Title IX and equal opportunity coordinator at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

White holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and a master’s degree in forensic studies from Stevenson University in Maryland.

Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong was appointed director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at the Camden campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was director of strategic initiatives for the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Asiedu-Frimpong is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School. She also holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.


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