Colleges and Universities Appoint Nine Black Americans to Administrative Posts

Lawrence Mur’ray was named executive director of admissions and financial aid at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, effective August 29. He has been serving as senior assistant dean of graduate business programs at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University in New York.

Mur’ray holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science and master’s degrees in business and public administration from the University of Arizona.

Ayana Davis Hernandez is the new interim associate vice chancellor for strategic communications at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. She was a special assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Earlier, she was director of public relations before being promoted to associate vice chancellor for communications and marketing at North Carolina Central University.

Hernandez is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in English. She earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from New York University.

Franklin Patterson was appointed vice president of administrative services and infrastructure management at Virginia Union Univerity. Previously, he served as vice president for general services and technology at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte and a juris doctorate from the Concord Law School of Purdue Global University.

Danisha Williams is the new director of admissions at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was the director of admission and recruitment at Mississippi Valley State University. Earlier in her career, Dr. Williams was director of admissions at Fisk University in Nashville.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of Fisk Unversity, where she majored n sociology. She holds a master of public administration degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an educational doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Samuel W. Long, Jr. has been named director of bands at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, Long served as director of bands and fine arts director for Royal High School in Brookshire, Texas.

A native of Waco, Texas, Long earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He holds a master’s degree in music scoring and composition from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.

Reshunda L. Mahone will be the next associate vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving at North Carolina State University, effective August 15. She was assistant dean for advancement and alumni engagement for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Mahone holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida and an educational doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Bettina Mozie has been named acting director of the Center for Online and Distance Education at South Carolina State University. Mozie joined the staff at the university in 2018 as an academic specialist and later served as the training coordinator and eLearning instructional designer for the Center for Online and Distance Education.

Mozie earned a master’s degree in teaching online and distance education from Ashford University.

Franklin McCain, Jr. was appointed vice president of institutional advancement at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. McCain has been serving as vice president for community investment and impact at United Way of Greensboro. His father, the late Franklin E. McCain, Sr., was one of the original four North Carolina A&T State University students who took part in the historic Woolworth sit-in on February 1, 1960.

McCain holds a bachelor’s degree in business from North Carolina A&T State University.

Autumn Spriggs is the new project manager in the Office of the President at the University of the District of Columbia. Previously, Spriggs worked for a national nursing organization, providing high-value resources to nursing students in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Spriggs holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in North Carolina, with a dual major in psychology and English.


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