Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Derrick Magee is the new associate vice chancellor of campus enterprises at North Carolina Central University. He was the interim director of business and auxiliary services at the university. Magee joined NCCU in October 2015 as associate athletics director for finance and was named senior associate athletics director for finance and administration in 2017.

Magee is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where he majored in physical education. He holds an MBA from California State University, Stanislaus and is completing work on a doctorate in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Qubieinique Greer was promoted to director of the Academic Success Center at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was a professional faculty adviser with the university’s Student Success Center. Earlier, she was an adviser in the College of Agriculture at Arkansas State University.

Greer received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Lincoln University. She holds a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Rosemonde Pierre-Louis was promoted to executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. She has been serving as chief operating officer. From 2014-2016, she served as the senior adviser to the New York City Commission on Gender Equity and earlier was commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

Pierre-Louis completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Tufts University. She earned a juris doctorate at Case Western University in Cleveland.

Michael Grant has been named vice president for athletics at Talladega College in Alabama. He has been serving as the associate athletic director at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Prior to joining the staff of Morehouse College, he was the men’s basketball head coach and assistant athletic director at Allen University in South Carolina.

Grant received his education at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and the University of Michigan.

Roy Gifford was appointed vice president and chief marketing and communications officer at Cleveland State University in Ohio, effective August 1. Dr. Giffford has been serving as associate vice president and chief marketing officer at Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Gifford received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University, where he was also a four-year starter on the football team. He holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Oho University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in marketing management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Ronnell Higgins was named the inaugural associate vice president for public safety and community engagement at Yale University. He had been serving as the university chief of police. He has been at Yale since 1997.

Higgins also serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven. He holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense & Security and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration from the University of New Haven.

Todd Campbell is the grants compliance and community capacity building manager for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area on the campus of Delta State University. Most recently he worked in the financial planning field as a senior financial coach and as an associate wealth advisor for a large wealth management firm.

Campbell is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in economics. He earned an MBA at Georgia State University.


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