Six African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Jessica Evans was appointed assistant director of assessment and academic program review at Murray State University in Kentucky. She has been serving as coordinator of institutional assessment and lecturer of communication. Evans joined Murray State in 2010.

Evans holds a master’s degree in human development and leadership in addition to a master’s in organizational communication, both from Murray State University. She is pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology and technology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Jacqueline Jackson was named vice president for student affairs and institutional effectiveness at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. She has been serving as dean of student services at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.

Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in college student personnel and counseling from Western Illinois University. She earned a Ph.D. in urban education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kirstin Boswell-Ford was named director of religious life and chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the second person and the first woman to hold the post of chaplain at MIT. Rev. Boswell-Ford was associate university chaplain to the protestant community at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Boswell-Ford is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in government and community affairs. She earned a master of divinity degree and a Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Teresa L. Smallwood was appointed associate director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. She practiced law in North Carolina and then served on the ministerial staff at Israel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Smallwood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Central University Law School. She earned a master of divinity degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Renarde D. Earl was appointed associate vice chancellor for police and public safety at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He has been serving as director of campus police and public safety at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Earl holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Sharon Taylor Burnett was named chief financial officer at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Since 2014, she has been vice president for fiscal and administrative affairs at Langston University in Oklahoma.

Dr. Burnett is a graduate of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, where she majored in business administration. She holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an educational doctorate from the University of Memphis.


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  1. Congratulations, Rev. Dr. Boswell-Ford on your historic appointment at MIT. It is always a pleasure to hear of the accomplishments of fellow African American University of Virginia (UVA) alumni!


    Xuri Maurice Allen, PhD (Maurice)
    UVA Classes of ’87 and ’89

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