Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Levy Brown was named vice president of student services at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, North Carolina. Since June 2014, Dr. Brown has served as dean of arts and sciences at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, North Carolina.

Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a doctorate in higher education administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He also holds a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Shantell Hinton was appointed assistant chaplain and assistant director of religious life at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ church.

Rev. Hinton holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University. She earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Colorado State University and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Frank Archer III was named assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of institutional research, planning, and effectiveness at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. He has been serving as director of institutional research and chief data officer at Albany State University in Georgia.

Dr. Archer is a graduate of Fort Valley State University. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in soil science from Alabama A&M University.

Christopher Smith was named the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is the former assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Marcine Pickron-Davis is the new chief diversity and community relations officer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was the chief community engagement and diversity officer at Widener University.

Dr. Pickron-Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in individual and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. She holds a master’s degree in social work administration from Temple University and an educational doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

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