Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

umoluYesomi Umolu was named exhibitions curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. She was the assistant curator at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Umolu holds a master’s degree in architectural design from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and a master’s degree in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art in London.

kelliKelli Rainey was named vice president of academic and student support services and chief operating officer of institutional effectiveness for the Division of Academic and Student Support Services at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was dean of academic support services at the university.

Rainey is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia. She holds a master’s degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut and an educational doctorate from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

grahamFrances D. Graham is the new interim director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success initiatives, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, and interim vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Dr. Graham holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in education from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

fblalarkFrank Blalark was appointed registrar at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He has been serving as registrar at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. Blalark holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University. He earned a doctorate in education at the University of Minnesota.

bakerRichard Baker was appointed vice dean for medical education at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He was executive director of the Center for Health Services Research and chair of the department of ophthalmology at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

Dr. Baker is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.

marsha-fowlesMarsha Fowles is the new director of community engagement at Claremont Lincoln University in California. She was the associate director of development for the School of Business at the University of California, Riverside.

Fowles holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School.

wheelerErin Wheeler is the new assistant vice president for academic support services at Kentucky State University. She was a biology instructor at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Wheeler is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. She holds a master’s degree in biology and a doctorate in science and mathematics education from Southern University.

Dr.-Pamela-JacksonPamela Jackson will serve as interim dean of the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She has been serving as assistant and then associate dean for the past eight years.

Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Albion College in Michigan. She holds a master of public administration degree from Troy University in Alabama, an MBA from Fayetteville State University, and a Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


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