New Administrative Jobs for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Portia Hoeg was appointed executive director of athletics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. For the past six years Hoeg has served as director of athletics and recreation at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Hoeg is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned an MBA at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

Emmitt L. Griswold is the new vice president for academic affairs at Albany Technical College in Georgia. He has served in the position on an interim basis since February. Earlier, he was dean of academic affairs for the construction, manufacturing, and transportation division at the college.

Dr. Griswold holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Albany State University. He earned a doctorate in career and adult education from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

Manicia Finch was appointed associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been serving as director of admissions at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Finch was assistant director of admissions at Alabama A&M University. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University.

Tim Alexander is the new chief of police and director of public safety at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. For the past 12 years, he has been an officer for the Montevallo Police Department, most recently as captain.

Alexander is a graduate of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, and is currently studying for a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Janet Williams was named vice president for finance at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been serving as interim vice president of the Division of Finance and Administration at Ithaca College in New York. Earlier, Williams served as director of finance and administration for the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in accounting. She earned an MBA with a concentration in production operations management at the University of North Texas.

Steven Johnson Jr. is the new director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Business. He had been serving as a complex director for University of Kansas Student Housing.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and manufacturing systems from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State University.

LeChelle Davenport was appointed director of financial aid at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She was the director of financial aid operations at Midwest/Delta Technical Colleges.

Davenport is a graduate of Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.


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