A Pair of African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

Sharon Porterfield was appointed dean of the College of Education at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was chair of the Division of Education at Miles Colles in Fairfield, Alabama. Previously, Dr. Porterfield worked with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Urban Teacher Enhancement Program to help recruit highly qualified educators to teach in at-risk schools.

Dr. Porterfield said her role at Stillman is an “opportunity to make a difference,” and it begins with a clear message to Stillman students: you are needed. Stillman wants to graduate the best teacher candidates and fill these voids. And it starts with recruitment.”

Dr. Porterfeld holds a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Shatrela Washington-Hubbard was named the Swinton A. Griffith III Dean of the College of Business & Communication at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, effective immediately. She had served as interim dean since August 2021. Before joining Brenau, Dr. Washington-Hubbard taught various business courses in the Technical College System of Georgia and served as the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

“I am honored that I was selected to serve as the Swinton A. Griffith III Dean of the College of Business & Communication,” Dr. Washington-Hubbard said. “Serving as interim dean has allowed me to work with my colleagues on several initiatives to provide our students with rich learning experiences. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move each of these initiatives forward as we work to bring regional and national recognition to the College of Business & Communication.”

Dr. Washington-Hubbard earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. She holds a master’s degree in human resources from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in learning, leadership, and organizational development from the University of Georgia.


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