A Quartet of African American Women Who Have Been Named to University Administrative Positions

Anjerrika Bean, was appointed assistant director of the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was the Dr. Ralph Gomes Social Justice postdoctoral fellow in the history department at the university. Dr. Bean also has served as the diversity research associate consultant for multicultural programs and services at Bowie State University in Maryland.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Dr. Bean is a sociologist and criminologist with a concentration in criminology and inequality. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. She earned a master’s degree in sociology from Prairie View A&M University in Texas and Ph.D. in sociology and criminology from Howard University.

Karen Elizabeth Bussey was named deputy chief of staff to the chancellor and secretary to the university at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Dr. Bussey served as a policy advisor for implementing the governor’s education, workforce, and economic development initiatives of the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education.

Dr. Bussey is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she majored in marketing. She holds a master’s degree in professional counseling with a concentration in student affairs from the University of West Georgia and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy studies from Howard University.

Torie A. Johnson will be the new associate vice president for strategic communications and initiatives at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, effective November 28. She has been serving as the associate commissioner for academic relations for the Southeastern Conference.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Baylor University, where she majored in journalism. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia.

Ivana Rich is the new associate vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the first African American woman to serve as athletics director in the university’s 155-year history. For the past seven years, she has worked in the athletics department at Norfolk State University in Virginia, where she was acting athletic director, associate athletic director for external relations, and senior woman administrator.

Dr. Rich earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was captain of the volleyball team. She holds a master’s degree in sports management from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in human services counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction/educational technology from the University of South Carolina.


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