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Four African Americans Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Russell Morrow is the inaugural assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Business at Ohio University. He previously taught at Ohio State University and Denison University in Ohio.

Dr. Morrow earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and video production as well as his master’s degree in college student personnel at Ohio University. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from Ohio State University.

Tanyka M. Barber is the inaugural vice president for institutional equity and chief diversity officer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is the former director of diversity and EEO/Title IX coordinator at Morgan State University in Baltimore

Barber holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University. She earned a master of health sciences degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

E. Cheryl Ponder has been named assistant vice chancellor for advocacy, inclusion, and support programs in the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served in the position on an interim basis since May 2022. She previously served as the vice president for student affairs at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Dr. Ponder holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned an MBA at Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, have announced the appointment of Bill Woodsen as vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He was the director of the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence at the New College of Florida. Earlier,. he was an assistant dean for community outreach at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Dr. Woodson is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he majored in urban studies. He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, policy, and development from the University of Minnesota.


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