New Administrative Posts for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Courtney L. Young was named university librarian at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She has been serving as head librarian and professor of women’s studies on the Allegheny campus of Pennsylvania State University in McKeesport.

Young is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio. She earned a master’s degree at Simmons College in Boston. She is a past president of the American Library Association.

Willie E. May was appointed vice president for research and economic development at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He had been serving as director of major research and training initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. May is the former director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. May is a graduate of Knoxville College in Tennessee, where he majored in chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dwayne Pinkney has been named senior vice president for operations and administration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, effective August 1. He has been serving as senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Pinkney is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where he majored in journalism. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sheila Caldwell was appointed chief intercultural engagement officer at Wheaton College in Illinois. She has been serving as advisor to the president on diversity at the University of North Georgia.

Caldwell has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Argosy University.

Angela Alvarado Coleman was appointed vice chancellor for student affairs at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She has been serving as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Florida A&M University.

Dr. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Florida. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University.

T. Simeon Ananou will be the new chief information officer at the University of Vermont, beginning July 1. He has been serving as vice president for information technologies services and chief information officer for the University at Albany of the State University of New York System. Before taking this post in 2016, Dr. Ananou was chief information officer at Salisbury University in Maryland.

Dr. Ananou is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he majored in international relations. He holds an MBA from Baker College in Flint, Michigan, and an educational doctorate from Indiana University.

Anita F. Allen was named chief of police at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She has been serving as a captain in the police department at Albany State University in Georgia. Earlier, she was an officer for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office.

Allen is a graduate of the North Carolina College of Theology in Sea Breeze.

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