Eight African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Fran Scarlett was named interim director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has been serving as the director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at the university.

Scarlett is a graduate of Boston University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sheneka Williams, an assistant professor of lifelong learning, educational administration and policy at the University of Georgia, was named associate director for policy and advocacy for the University Council for Educational Administration.

Dr. Williams holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and earned an educational doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

Kimberly Andrews was named director of the Talent Search and Upward Bound programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She was assistant director and program coordinator for the Outreach-Houston program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrews is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where she majored in Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix and is working toward a Ph.D. in leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Gwendolyn Caples was named director of the new Welcome Center at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She served for eight years as the university’s director of alumni and constituency relations.

Caples holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College.

Patricia Brewer Hairston, director of Global Transportation and Trade Compliance at Corning Inc., will serve a one-year term as executive-0n-loan at Tennessee State University in Nashville. Hairston will serve on campus during the 2012-13 academic year working with students in the supply-chain management program.

Hairston earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural and civil engineering at Tennessee State.

Courtney L. Davenport is the new associate vice president for external affairs and director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He was with the Capitol Consulting Group, most recently working with Morris Brown College on their reaccreditation efforts. He is the former vice president for institutional advancement at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Davenport is graduate of Georgia State University and holds a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Dwayne White was named interim director of intercollegiate athletics at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. White played for seven years in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the St. Louis Rams.

White holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Alcorn State University.

Tammy Brooks was named interim director of alumni and constituency relations at Jackson State University in Mississippi. She has been serving as a donor relations specialist in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Jackson State University.

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