Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Michelle Penn-Marshall has been selected as Texas Southern University’s first-ever vice president of research and innovation. Dr. Penn-Marshall previously served as the vice president for research, associate provost, and dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University in Virginia.

Dr. Penn-Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biology with a concentration in environmental science from Hampton University. She holds a Ph.D. in community nutrition from Virginia Tech.

Desmond Stubbs has been promoted to director of STEM diversity initiatives at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Stubbs is a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where he majored in chemistry. He holds a master’s degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Olajide Cooper was appointed assistant director for external partnerships, student engagement, and pipeline programs for the Service Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has been serving as a resource navigator for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, she was a Fulbright researcher for the Anne Coyne School for the Deaf in Leon, Nicaragua. She also taught in the Omaha public schools.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in Spanish language teaching from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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