New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

LaTanya Afolayan was appointed vice chancellor for university advancement at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She has been serving as senior director of planning and major giving at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Earlier, she was vice chancellor of advancement at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Dr. Afolayan is a graduate of Indiana State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and an educational doctorate from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Marcus Lyles is the new executive director of public safety and chief of police for the department of public safety at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was director of public safety and campus police at Trinity Washington University.

Lyles is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C, where he majored in criminal justice administration.

Kelly Charles is the new director of institutional effectiveness at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She was director of program evaluation and accreditation at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Dr. Charles is a graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned two master’s degrees in education at Fayetteville State University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Rosa Githiora was named director of multicultural services and programs in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. She has held administrative posts at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the University of Toledo, and the University of Akron.

Dr. Githiora is a graduate of St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where she majored in criminal justice and sociology. She holds a master of public administration degree in nonprofit management and a Ph.D. in urban studies and public affairs from the University of Akron.

Donna Levin will be the inaugural executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. She has been serving as entrepreneur-in-residence at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Levin is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and holds an executive MBA from MIT.

Said Sewell is the new vice president for student development at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He had been serving as a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Earlier, Dr. Sewell was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University in Missouri.

Dr. Sewell is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in political science. He holds a master of public administration degree from Texas Southern University in Houston and Ph.D. in political science from Clark Atlanta University.

Billy Davis was named director of alumni affairs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He is the former president of the university’s Dallas alumni chapter and served on the board of the university’s National Alumni Association from 2012 to 2017.

Davis is a 1991 graduate of Prairie View A&M University and has had a successful career in the telecommunications industry.

Nicole N. Collins was appointed director of public safety and chief of police at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She had been serving as assistant vice president in the department of public safety at New York University. Earlier, she served on the campus police forces at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee.

Collins is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia, where she majored in criminal justice.


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