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Seven African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Kara Brown has been named the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was dean of student life and associate dean of students for activities at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Earlier, Brown was student activities coordinator at Boise State University in Idaho.

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in workforce development education degree from the University of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Jamaul Simmons is the new director of the Office of Community Standards & Civility at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He is the former director of TRiO programs at Western Michigan University.

Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Western Michigan University.

Renada Greer has been promoted to executive director of the Student Multicultural Resource Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Since 2019, she has been assistant dean of students. Also, she has been the director of TRiO Programs since 2008.

Dr. Greer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance, a master’s degree in workforce and adult education, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Michael Taylor was named interim vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University-Shreveport. He was associate vice chancellor for enrollment management and student success at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in human resources from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

Marsetta Lee was appointed chief of staff and chief compliance officer at Talladega College in Alabama. She was associate dean of administration and external relations for North Carolina Central University School of Law. Earlier, she served in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for 27 years.

Lee is a graduate of Talladega College and holds a juris doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Consuella Askew is the new vice president for University Libraries and University Librarian at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is the first person of color in the institution’s 256-year history to hold the position. Earlier, she was associate University Librarian for the Newark campus of Rutgers University.

Dr. Askew holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. She earned a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of North Carolina and a doctoral degree in higher education from Florida International University.

Jay J. Ellis has been named chief information officer at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He recently served as the director of infrastructure services for Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix.


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