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Seven African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Shana Lassiter was appointed assistant vice provost for faculty advancement at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She was assistant dean for academic programs and student affairs at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. Earlier, she spent six years as an assistant provost for faculty advancement at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Lassiter received a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Binghamton University in New York. She earned a master’s degree in clinical and community psychology from Georgia State University and a doctorate in health education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Britney Smith is the new executive director of marketing and communications at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She was the assistant director of publications and strategic events at Florida A&M University.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in management and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Florida A&M University.

Sama A. Mondeh was appointed senior vice president for finance and campus operations at Talladega College in Alabama. He previously was senior vice president for administration and finance and most recently has served as a consultant to the college. Earlier in his career, Mondeh was vice president for fiscal affairs and treasurer at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Mondeh holds three degrees from Morgan State University in Baltimore; a bachelor’s degree in accounting, an MBA, and a master’s degree in economics.

Jasmine Young was named director of the Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music & Entertainment Business at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the former vice president of marketing/operations for the North Star Group and a marketing consultant for the Ascena Corporation.

Young is a graduate of Howard University, where she majored in communication. She earned an MBA at Felician University in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Jovan Alexander Wilson has been appointed interim director of university bands at North Carolina Central University. He has served as chief music arranger for the NCCU Sound Machine. Earlier in his career, he held increasingly responsible music leadership roles at Delaware State University, including interim director of university bands and assistant director of university bands.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Delaware State University. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from North Central University and is completing a master’s degree in wind ensemble conducting at the Longy Conservatory of Music at Bard College.

Mame Ndiaye was promoted to assistant director of the Office of New Student and Transition Programs at Ithaca College in New York. She was a residence director in Offices of Residence Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards at the college.

Ndiaye is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland. She earned a master’s degree in global development from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Phanalphie Rhue is the new chief global communications and experience officer at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the past five years, she has been serving as a district manager for U.S. Representative Alma Adams.

Rhue earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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