New Administrative Posts for Six African Americans in Higher Education

burrowRise Nelson Burrow was named director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University, effective July 31. She will also hold the tile of assistant dean of Yale College. Since 2012, Burrow has been director of student success programs in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Burrow is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, where she majored in English and multiethnic American studies. She earned a master’s degree in higher and postsecondary education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

ruttenKarla Benson Rutten is the new director of equity and Title IX coordinator at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She joined the staff at the college in 2002 as director of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center in the Department of Multicultural Life.

Rutten is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland.

robinson-featuredPeggy Robinson was named director of curriculum in the physician’s assistant program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has been serving as the director of clinical education faculty development fellowship at the Duke School of Medicine.

Robinson is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts and the physician’s assistant program at Duke. She also holds a master’s degree from the Medical College of Virginia.

john_jones_webJohn R. Jones III was appointed vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since 2013, he has been vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jones held administrative posts at Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Jones is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he majored in applied mathematics. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Iowa.

lusterStacey DeBoise Luster was appointed assistant vice president for human resources at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She has been the human resources manager for the Worcester public school system and is a former member of the Worcester City Council.

Luster is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York and the Boston University School of Law.

lawana-richmond-twLaWana Richmond was named staff adviser to the University of California Board of Regents. She has been serving as senior business analyst for the University of California, San Diego.

Richmond has been on the staff at the University of California, San Diego for 10 years. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in educational leadership in a joint program of the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos.

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