A Quartet of African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

James Aaron L. Pierre, Jr. was named director of alumni affairs at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Prior to joining Miles College, Pierre spent four years in leadership roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Pierre is also the founder and CEO of Elite Legends Enterprises.

Pierre is a 2013 graduate of Miles College.

Xeturah Woodley was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was associate vice president for instruction at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina.

Dr. Woodley is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in Denver, where she majored in psychology and African American studies. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Colorado Denver and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from New Mexico State University.

Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, was appointed senior advisor to the chancellor for military affairs and the director of the Center for Defense and Homeland Security at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. During his 30-year Army career, General Gordon-Bray served in Iraq and at the headquarters of the United States Africa Command.

General Gordon-Bray s a graduate of the University of Central Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in international strategic studies from the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sheila Washington is the new registrar at Auburn University in Alabama. She was senior associate registrar at the University of South Alabama. Earlier, she held administrative positions at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

Dr. Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master of public administration degree from Jacksonville State University. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Alabama.


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