African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

James T. Yarsiah was named chaplain and vicar of Voorhees College and St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel. He was a minister at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Yarsiah is a graduate of Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Liberia. He recently earned a doctor of ministry degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Debra B. Miller was named chair of the board of trustees of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She is executive director of the nonprofit organization New Hampshire of More Than Wheels. She was serving as secretary of the board of trustees.

LeDita Howard-Hobbs was appointed interim director of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project at the University of Louisville. For the past 20 years she had operated her own consulting firm and served as an adjunct professor at Spalding University, Jefferson Community College, and the University of Louisville.

Howard-Hobbs holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville.

Renee Hampton was promoted to dean of student life at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. She has been at the college since 1999, most recently serving as special assistant to the provost and director of TRIO programs.

Hampton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University. She is currently working toward an educational doctorate at Walden University.

Kumea Shorter-Gooden was named associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Maryland, effective January 1. She has been serving as associate provost for international/multicultural initiatives at Alliant International University.

Dr. Shorter-Gooden is a graduate of Princeton University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland.

Marsha V. Gable was named associate dean for extended opportunities programs and services at Santa Ana College in California. She was associate director for university outreach programs at California State University at San Marcos.

Dr. Gable holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CalState, San Marcos and earned an educational doctorate at San Diego State University.

Wokie Nwabueze was named ombuds officer at Princeton University. In this role she will provide guidance and assistance to members of the university community who have concerns or complaints about their work or studies. She was vice president for ethics and employee resolutions programs at Prudential Financial.

Nwabueze is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Columbia University Law School.

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