Six African Americans With New Roles in Higher Education

Patrick O. Lindsey was appointed vice president for government and community affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. The appointment is effective on January 1. He has been serving as director of external relations and development for Detroit-based Focus: HOPE. Previously, he worked for Chrysler for 20 years.

Lindsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He also serves as pastor of the Greater Bibleway Baptist Church.

Taffye Benson Clayton was named vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The appointment is effective February 1. Since 2009, she has served as associate provost for equity, diversity, and community relations at East Carolina University.

Dr. Clayton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University.

Janine E. McDuffie is the new director of human resources and payroll systems at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She was a business process analyst in the general administration offices of the University of North Carolina System.

Previously, she held human resources positions at North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville State University.

Choquette Hamilton was named associate director of development for the African and African diaspora studies department at the University of Texas. She was executive director of student diversity initiatives and director of the Multicultural Engagement Center at the University of Texas.

Here is a video of Hamilton discussing her earlier work at the University of Texas.

Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on her doctorate in educational policy and planning.

Rodney Gaines, associate professor in the department of health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport management at Virginia State University, was elected president of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He will be the second African-American to lead the organization in its 75-year history.

Dr. Gaines holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Robert Hassell was appointed associate vice chancellor for police and public safety at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He has been serving as chief of police in Hope Mills, North Carolina.

Chief Hassell is a graduate of Mount Olive College. He holds a master of public administration degree from Central Michigan University and is currently studying for a doctorate in organizational management and leadership with the University of Phoenix.

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