Seven African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

albertteznoAlbert Tezeno is the new vice chancellor for student success at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He was the associate vice president for enrollment management and retention and director of financial aid at Grambling State University. He previously served as executive director of financial aid at Grambling State University.

Dr. Tezeno is a graduate of Grambling State University. He holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

JenniferTaylorJennifer Taylor was named vice president of the American Institute of Architecture Students. After graduating from Tuskegee University this spring, she will spend a year in Washington, D.C., representing students at accredited architecture schools. As part of her duties, she will serve on the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

deborah-l-hayesDeborah L. Hayes was appointed vice president for communications and marketing at the University of Delaware. From 2002 to 2011, Hayes was managing director of communications for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia. She is the former director of media and corporation relations for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Tennessee State University.

thompson=taylorMichelle Thompson-Taylor was named the inaugural director of the Intercultural Center at the University of Rochester. She has served in the university’s admissions office since 2004.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Thompson-Taylor is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. She holds a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.

Renee-Middleton-255pxRenee Middleton, dean of the Patton College of Education at Ohio University, was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Middleton was named dean in 2006. Previously, she was director of research, human resource development and outreach at Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Middleton is a graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Tennessee and a doctorate in rehabilitation administration from Auburn University.

Shabazz, AmilcarAmilcar Shabazz was named faculty adviser to the president for diversity and excellence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Shabazz is a professor of Afro-American studies at the university.

Before coming to UMass in 2007, Dr. Shabazz taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Alabama. A graduate of the University of Texas, he holds a master’s degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Houston.

DamesK. Matthew Dames was appointed interim associate dean for research, collections, and scholarly communication at the Syracuse University Library. He has been serving as director of the copyright and information policy office at the library.

Dr. Dames is a graduate of the City University of New York and the Northeastern University School of Law. In 2011, Dr. Dames became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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