A Large Group of African Americans Who Are Taking on New University Administrative Roles

Elavie Ndura is the new vice president for equity, diversity, and inclusion at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She will also hold the title of chief diversity officer. She was a professor of teacher development and international education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Ndura earned a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction, and bilingual and multicultural education from Northern Arizona University.

Mercedes Pinckney Fabers is the new general counsel at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She is the former assistant general counsel at the College of Charleston.

Fabers is a graduate of College of Charleston, where she majored in political science. She earned her law degree at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She also holds a master’s degree in intercultural human rights from the St. Thomas University School of Law.

Calvin Thomas IV was named chief of clinic operations and strategic innovation at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was vice president of healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

Thomas is a graduate of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare research and leadership at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Marche Fleming-Randle was promoted to vice president for diversity and community engagement at Wichita State University in Kansas. She was assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and assistant to the president for diversity.

Dr. Fleming-Randle joined the staff at Wichita State University in 2007. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from Kansas State University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

Joffery Gaymon was promoted to vice president of enrollment and student affairs at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She joined the staff at the university in 2013 as associate vice president for enrollment affairs. Earlier, Dr. Gaymon was assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.

Dr. Gaymon holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a master of public administration degree from Georgia College and State University. She earned an educational doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston.

Althea Riddick was appointed interim associate vice chancellor for enrollment at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Dr. Riddick joined the staff at the university in 2012 as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and subsequently was named university registrar.

Dr. Riddick is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University. She earned a master’s degree in vocational education from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and an educational doctorate from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Debra Mays-Jackson was named chief of staff for William B. Bynum Jr., the new president of Jackson State University in Mississippi. She was serving as vice president at the Utica campus of Hinds Community College in Mississippi.

Dr. Mays-Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in music education from Jackson State University. She earned an educational doctorate at Mississippi State University.

Tamara King was promoted to associate vice chancellor for student support and wellness at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been serving as associate dean of students and director of student conduct.

Prior to her arrival at Washington University in 1999, King worked in private practice and as an assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania.

Nashia Whittenburg is the new director of multicultural student affairs at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. From 2012 to 2017, she was the director of multicultural affairs at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Whittenburg is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she majored in sociology. She earned a master’s degree in social welfare from Stony Brook University in New York.

Daryl Lowe has been appointed assistant vice president and dean of students at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He has been serving as associate dean for student affairs at Kentucky State University.

Lowe is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in philosophy and political theory. He earned a juris doctorate at the University of Massachusetts School of Law.

Damon Wade was named associate dean for student services and enrollment management in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia. He had been serving as vice president for institutional effectiveness and enrollment management at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Dr. Wade is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, where he majored in business administration. He holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from Norfolk State University in Virginia and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Walden University.

Claudia Donald was promoted to senior director of online communications and client services in the Office of University Relations at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the former associate registrar and associate director of admissions for the university’s Graduate School.

Donald is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she majored in food and natural resources. She earned a master’s degree in computer information systems at Boston University.

Jason Pina was named interim chief diversity officer at Ohio University in Athens. Since June 2016, he has served vice president for student affairs at the university. Previously, Dr. Pina was vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He is the co-editor of AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 2016).

Dr. Pina is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he majored in economics. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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