New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

Sonia Sanders was promoted to assistant vice president for public engagement and community outreach at Kentucky State University. She had been serving as executive assistant to the president of the university. She has been on the staff at the university since 2008.

Earlier in her career, Sanders was appointed by the governor of Kentucky to serve as director of motor carriers. Later she was appointed to deputy commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Registration.

Sabin Duncan was appointed executive director of student success initiatives at Virginia State University. He was director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College at Hampton University in Virginia.

Dr. Duncan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Hampton University. He holds a doctoral degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Jody Goins was promoted to vice president for enrollment, athletics and public relations at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He was assistant vice president for academic support.

Dr. Goins holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and an educational doctorate, all from Lincoln Memorial University.

Russell Wigginton was appointed vice president of student life and dean of dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the former vice president of external programs at the college.

Dr. Wigginton is a graduate of Rhodes College. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois.

Denise Ward was appointed special assistant to the president for marketing and strategic communications at Albany State University in Georgia. She was a corporate communications manager for The Hershey Company in Pennsylvania.

Ward is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Georgia, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

Alvin Atkinson was appointed associate director of the new Center for the Study of Economic Mobility at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He was the director of the Initiative for Just & Sustainable Communities and the former director of the Center for Community Safety at the university.

Atkinson is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.

Henry Odi is the inaugural deputy vice president for equity and community at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He will also hold the title of associate provost for academic diversity. Since 2011, Dr. Odi has been serving as vice provost for academic diversity.

Dr. Odi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He earned a doctorate in education at Lehigh University.

Jasher Cox was promoted to assistant director of athletics at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He was the manager of athletic communications at the university. Earlier in his career, Cox held communications positions for the Horizon League in Indianapolis and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Cox is a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama, where is majored in communication and media studies. He holds a master of public administration degree from Strayer University.

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