A Trio of African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Posts

Steven H. Kenney, Jr. was appointed senior vice president for human resources, equity, and inclusion at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been serving as assistant vice president for human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Earlier, Dr. Kenney was assistant director for human resources at Framingham State University in Massachusetts.

Dr. Kenney is a graduate of the Montgomery campus of Auburn University in Alabama, where he majored in human resources management. He holds an MBA from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Felicia Benton-Johnson has been named vice president for diversity and inclusive excellence at Clemson University in South Carolina, effective March 1. Most recently, Benton-Johnson served as assistant dean and director of the Center for Engineering Education and Diversity at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Benton-Johnson received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University. She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Argosy University.

Sonia Toson was appointed vice president and chief diversity officer at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is an associate professor of law and has served as the university’s interim chief diversity officer since August 2021. Prior to being named to the interim position, she served as the director of diversity relations for the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Professor Toson earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian languages and culture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MBA and a juris doctorate from American University in Washington, D.C.


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