Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Charles J. Gibbs was named vice president of student life and engagement at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. He is the former vice provost for student affairs in the Office of the Provost at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Gibbs holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in educational administration and policy from Howard University. He is a third-year student in the doctoral program in educational leadership and policy studies at Howard University.

Krystal Toups is the new assistant vice provost for the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Since 2014, she has been serving as director of grants for the University Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Toups is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she majored in biology. She is currently studying for an MBA from Texas Woman’s University.

Sedgwick Harris was named vice president of student affairs and enrollment at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was vice president of student services at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois.

Sedgewick is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. He holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and is currently in the doctoral program in community college leadership at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Kimberly Hewitt was appointed vice provost for institutional equity at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, effective March 6. She has been serving as director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Minnesota. She also served as deputy chief of staff for the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Hewitt is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Minnesota Law School.

Erika K. Davis was named director of adult and graduate admissions at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. She was director of enrollment management and marketing for the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Delaware State University.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in communication. She holds a master’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a doctorate in community college leadership development from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Edward Summers was appointed chief strategy and planning officer at Long Island University in New York. He was the inaugural director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Center. Earlier, Dr. Summers was chief of staff for the president and director of the Kelly Adirondack Research Center at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Dr. Summers holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of public administration degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in public and urban policy from The New School in New York City.

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