Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Crystal A. Williams was named associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Boston University, effective in October. Since 2013, she has been serving as associate vice president for strategic initiatives and a professor of English at Bates College in Maine. Earlier, she was a professor and dean for institutional diversity at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Williams hold a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master of fine arts degree from Cornell University. She is the author of four volumes of poetry including Detroit as Barn (Lost Horse Press, 2014).

Harry O. Stinson III was appointed director of athletics at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Since 2015, Stinson has served as associate director of athletics at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Earlier, he was interim director of athletics at Kentucky State University.

Stinson is a graduate of Florida State University, where he majored in human sciences. He holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University.

Willie Slater is the new director of athletics at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He has been the head football coach at the university for the past 12 years and will continue in that role.

Slater earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from what is now the University of West Alabama.

Tina L. Smith was named interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion and interim chief diversity officer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been serving as associate vice chancellor. Dr. Smith joined the staff at the university in 2002.

Dr. Smith earned an educational doctorate at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Darcell Griffith was appointed interim chief human resources officer at the University of Delaware. She has been serving as director of compensation and benefits for the university’s human resources division. She joined the human resources staff at the university in 2008.

Griffith is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans. She holds a certificate in human resources management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Georgina Dodge was named associate provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She will also serve as an adjunct associate professor of English. Dr. Dodge has been serving as associate vice president, Title IX coordinator, and chief diversity officer at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Dodge is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David Ponton was named vice president for student affairs at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He has been serving in the post on an interim basis since 2015 and has been on the staff at the university since 1988.

Dr. Ponton is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he majored in mechanical engineering technology. He earned a doctorate at Grambling State University.


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  1. Don’t forget Tony Allen, who’s leaving a senior communications position at Bank of America to become the provost at Delaware State University. Congratulations, Tony!

  2. Dr. G. Christine Taylor was named inaugural Associate Provost & Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, effective August 1. Formerly inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at Purdue University.

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