Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Edrel Stoneham was promoted to dean of student services at Victoria College in Texas. He had been serving as director of enrollment services and registrar.

Dr. Stoneham is a graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he majored in sociology. He holds an MBA from Texas Woman’s University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Aisha Haynes was promoted to assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of South Carolina. She joined the center in 2011 as an instructional designer and was named program manager of distributed learning in 2014.

Dr. Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated information technology, a master’s degree in educational technology, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of South Carolina.

Patricia Pierce Ramsey, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, was elected to a three-year term on The College Board’s Middle States Regional Council.

Dr. Ramsey became provost at Lincoln University in 2016. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University in Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in botany from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a second master’s degree in biology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in biology from Georgetown University.

Alonda Thomas was appointed director of public relations for Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the former director of media relations at Florida A&M University.

Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Florida State University.

Allyson Livingstone is the new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for education, training, and development at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has served on the social work faculty at Simmons College in Boston and Salem State University in Massachusetts.

Dr. Livingstone is a graduate of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in religion. She holds a master of social work degree from New York University and a doctorate in social work from Simmons College.

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