New Positions for Five Black Administrators in Higher Education

Peter Gitau was named vice chancellor for student affairs at the Spokane campus of Washington State University. Most recently, Dr. Gitau was the vice president for student services at Butte-Glenn Community College in Oroville, California. He has also held executive leadership positions at Utah Technical University, Northern Kentucky University, and Southern Illinois University.

Born and raised in Kenya, Dr. Gitau received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Eastern Illinois University and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.

Donald Miles is the new executive director of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Analytics at the University of South Carolina. He joined the staff at the university in 2012.

Miles is a graduate of the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he majored in political science. He holds a master of public administration degree from Augusta University in Georgia.

Pat Kendrick was appointed interim executive director of athletics and recreation at Xavier University in New Orleans. She has been the head women’s volleyball coach at the university for the past six years. Prior to joining the staff at Xavier University, she served in various roles as a coach and instructor with USA Volleyball.

A native of Lorton, Virginia, Kendrick is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she was a two-sport athlete in volleyball and track & field.

Joseph O. Montgomery is the new interim associate vice provost for enrollment management at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He was vice president for enrollment management and student success at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Montgomery is a graduate of what is now Voorhees University in South Carolina, where he majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University.

Brittney Johnson was named senior associate athletic director for compliance and senior woman administrator at Florida A&M University. Before joining FAMU, Johnson served as the associate athletic director for student-athlete development and academic success at the University of South Alabama.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama in 2007. She holds a master’s degree in foods, nutrition, and wellness studies from Alabama A&M University and is working on a doctorate from Walden University.


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