New Administrative Assignments in Higher Education for Three African Americans

Misha G. Cornelius was appointed director of public relations in the Office of University Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Cornelius has been a member of Howard University’s public relations team for over four years, serving in roles of increasing responsibility since 2018, most recently serving as the interim director of public relations.

Cornelius earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Francisco State University. She is currently a doctoral student in political science at Howard University.

Zac Selmon was appointed director of athletics at Mississippi State University. He was the deputy athletics director for external engagement and advancement at the University of Oklahoma. Earlier he was senior associate athletics director for administration and development at the University of Oklahoma.

Selmon was a four-year starter at tight end for the football team at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a dean’s list scholar graduating in 2007 with a degree in religion and international studies. He holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletics administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Anne Edwards was named director of the Black Cultural Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She was director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University. Previously, she served for six years in the Office of Career Services at Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Edwards holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality management from Purdue University. She earned an MBA at Valparaiso University in Indiana and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University.


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