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New Administrative Duties in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Marion Bracy was appointed vice president for facilities and real estate planning at Dillard University in New Orleans. For nearly 25 years, he has been a facilities and grounds administrator at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Bracy is a 1984 graduate of Dillard University.

Gerald Hubbard Smalls is the vice president of finance and operations and chief financial officer at South Carolina State University. He was the chair of the accounting, economics and finance department and associate professor of law and accounting for the Johnson College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Dr. Smalls received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from South Carolina State University. He holds an MBA in finance from Atlanta University, a juris doctorate from Howard University, a master’s degree in tax law from Georgetown University, and a doctorate in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Tunesha Witcher is the newly appointed director of global and online learning at Virginia Union University. Since 2017, Witcher has served the campus community as an academic instructional technologist and director of integrated technology.

Witcher earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Virginia State University. She is completing work on a master’s degree in learning experience design and educational technology from Western Governors University.

Craig Wilson has been promoted to chief of police at the University of Washington. He has been with the department for 26 years and has served as interim chief since January.

Wilson graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in law, societies & justice. He earned a master’s degree in law and justice at Central Washington University.

Kali-Ahset Amen is the inaugural executive director of the Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was the executive director of the Billie Holiday Center for the Liberation Arts in Baltimore and an assistant research professor in sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

Amen holds a bachelor’s degree in African studies from Columbia University. She earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland.

Ashton Cleveland is the new vice president for student affairs at Shaw Univerity in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was dean of student affairs at the Univerity of California, San Diego.

A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Cleveland holds a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a juris doctorate from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Jessica Cherry has been announced as the next director of athletics and recreation at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, effective September 1. She was the associate director of athletics for compliance and senior woman administrator for Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Cherry earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She holds a  master’s degree in health and physical education from Tennessee Technological University.


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