Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Kimberly Weatherly was named assistant dean and director of the Center for Student Diversity at the College of William & Mary. She was the director of multicultural affairs at Columbia College in Chicago. She is the former director of student activities at Hampton University in Virginia.

Dr. Weatherly is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she majored in public relations and marketing. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Hampton University and a doctorate in higher education from Benedictine University.

Walter P. Parrish III was named director of multicultural affairs at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He was a research associate in the Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Parrish is a graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he majored in psychology. He holds a master’s degree in higher education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and is completing work on his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Emil L. Cunningham is the new director for diversity and inclusion in the Office of Finance and Business at Pennsylvania State University. He was the senior executive associate at Rankin & Associates Consulting.

Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he majored in psychology. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education from Pennsylvania State University.

Althea Counts is the new director of TRIO program at the University of South Carolina. She has worked in the TRIO office since 2002, most recently as associate director. Counts is the first woman to serve as executive director.

Counts holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina.

Damien M. Williams was appointed vice chancellor of institutional advancement at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was assistant vice president for advancement at Regis University in Denver.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in college teaching and student support services from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is a doctoral candidate in education and organizational leadership at the University of Oklahoma.

Patrice Dickerson was named director of faculty diversity recruitment in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was the assistant executive dean for strategic recruitment and diversity at Ohio State University.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Dickerson taught African American studies at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Diedrick Graham was named university omsbud at the University of Kansas. A former omsbud at Princeton University, he was vice president of Global Integrity Leaders for Nielsen.

Dr. Graham is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he majored in speech communications. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in education from Capella University.


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