Six African Americans Receive Major Appointments in Higher Education

byronhughesByron Hughes was named director of fraternity and sorority life at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. He has been serving as interim director since last August and previously was associate director of fraternity and sorority life.

Hughes is a graduate of Salisbury University in Maryland, where he majored in English. He holds a master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Nicole-EvansNicole Evans was promoted to associate provost at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Since 2010, she has been serving as assistant provost for institutional research, planning, and enrollment management.

Earlier in her career Dr. Evans served as director of institutional research at Jackson State.

nicole-prideNicole Pride was named chief of staff to the chancellor at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Since 2010 she has been serving as associate vice chancellor for university relations at the university.

A native of New Jersey, Pride is a graduate of North Carolina State University. She holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in West Orange, New Jersey, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

ADWinslowKellen Winslow was appointed director of athletics at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He will begin his new assignment on May 15.

Winslow was an All-American football player at the University of Missouri and had a nine-year career in the National Football League, earning All-Pro honors five times.

S_sandersKaren Ely Sanders was promoted to the post of chief diversity officer at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. She has been on the staff at Virginia Tech for more than 12 years.

Dr. Sanders holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia State University. She earned a doctorate in developmental education at the University of Arkansas.

v-taylorValerie Taylor, the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor in the department of computer science and engineering and the senior associate dean for academic affairs at Texas A&M University, has been chosen to serve a two-year term on the Committee on Women in Science Engineering and Medicine of the National Research Council.

Dr. Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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