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

Aaron J. Hart has been named vice president for student affairs in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Office of the Provost, effective Oct. 25. He has been serving as the vice president for student affairs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is the former associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the former director of housing and residential life at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dr. Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University. He earned a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Louisville, and a doctorate in higher and postsecondary education at Arizona State University.

Shawn Baker was promoted to vice president of student affairs and enrollment management at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. He joined Harris-Stowe in 2007 as associate dean of student affairs and director of residential life.

Dr. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Carmen W. Harper was appointed executive director of alumni affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She is the former director of alumni engagement and annual giving at the Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She holds an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit leadership from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

Monique Carroll was appointed director of intercollegiate athletics at Chicago State University. Most recently, Dr. Carroll served as director of intercollegiate athletics at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Carroll is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she majored in secondary health and physical education. She holds a master’s degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama and a doctorate in education with an emphasis on sports management from North Central University in Minneapolis.

Lisa Lee has joined Rice University in Houston, Texas, as director of internal audit. Lee most recently served as audit director for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Earlier, she spent 12 years on the staff at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University.

Earl Holland Jr. is the new director of public relations for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was a a sports producer and copy editor for the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware and a reporter, web editor, and producer for The Daily Times in Salibuey, Maryland.

Holland is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he majored in English.

Toniette Haynes Robinson has been named the inaugural associate dean of special academic programs at North Lake Campus within the Dallas College system.  Dr. Robinson has previously served in roles within the Tarrant County College District, Austin Community College District as well as Dallas College.

Dr. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She also earned a master’s degree in college student development from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.


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