Six African American Who Have Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Posts

Jeremy Faulk was named chief of staff to the president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was senior director of auxiliary services at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Faulk earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He holds a master’s degree in student affairs and athletic administration in higher education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Edvige Jean-François, an award-winning journalist, has been named as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora at Georgia State University. The center, which is focused on scholarship related to understanding the African diaspora and its contributions to our global society, was founded in 2020.

Jean-François is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Wendell Philips was named chief government relations officer at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was vice chancellor for external and military affairs at the university. Phillips is the former chief of staff at North Carolina Central University and served in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Monique Michelle Dozier was appointed vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of California, Riverside, effective August 1. She has been serving as vice president for advancement and chief advancement officer at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Prior to Morehouse College, Dozier worked for 13 years at Michigan State University in advancement roles.

Dozier attended Bethel University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems management.

Rodney L. Demery, an American author, television show host, and retired Shreveport Police Department homicide detective is the new chief of the Grambling State University Police Department.

Demery holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University.

Nakita Haynie is the new director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity at the University of Kansas. She has been on the staff at the university since 2016.

Haynie holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Clayton State University in Georgia, a master’s degree in higher education from Georgia Southern University, and a master of fine arts degree in writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.


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