Four African Americans Have Been Selected to Serve as Deans

Chio Sheppard has been appointed assistant vice president and dean of students at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He is the former assistant vice president for student services and chief student conduct officer at Texas Southern University. Earlier, he was assistant dean of students and director of residential life & housing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native, Sheppard holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in organizational development & leadership in higher education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello has announced the appointment of Shuneize Slater as dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Since 2016, Dr. Slater has been on the faculty at Rock Valley College in Illinois as an assistant professor of general and organic chemistry.

Dr. Slater is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where she majored in chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences in 2015 from the University of Mississippi.

Jerri Haynes was appointed the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She was a professor and dean of the College of Education at Tennessee State University. She is the author of Silent Epidemic: Problems in Public Education (2012).

Dr. Haynes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Florida A & M University. She earned a doctorate in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Janekia Mitchell is the new dean of student services at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama. She was on the staff at the college from 2002 to 2018, rising to the role of director of residence life. Since 2018 she has been a counselor in the Gadsden public schools.

Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama, where she majored in exercise science and wellness. She holds a master’s degree in community agency counseling and a doctorate in professional counseling and supervision from the University of West Georgia.

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