Three African American Men Appointed to New Diversity Roles in Higher Education

Frederick Wherry has been named the inaugural vice dean for diversity and inclusion in Princeton’s Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Wherry is the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology. He is an associated faculty member of the department of African American studies and the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Policy. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2017. Professor Wheery is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books including Measuring Culture (Columbia University Press, 2020).

Professor Wherry earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a master of public affairs degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.

Alex Wood was appointed assistant vice president for equity and inclusion/campus diversity officer at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. He most recently served as assistant director of multicultural affairs at South Dakota State University.

Wood is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, where he majored n history. He holds a master’s degree in counseling and human resource development from South Dakota State University.

Reginald Miles will be the new interim vice president for equity and inclusion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, effective August 1. He came to St. Olaf in 2020 to serve as associate dean of admissions and director of multicultural recruitment.

Dr. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned a master’s degree in higher and postsecondary education from Arizona State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.


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