Seven African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Dawn Osborne-Adams was named director of the University Ombuds Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been serving as a consultant ombuds at Shell Oil in Houston. Earlier, she was university ombuds at Binghamton University in New York.

Osborne-Adams is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in business administration. She earned a juris doctorate at the New York University School of Law.

Wanda Lynn Riley was selected to become director of university auditing and advisory services at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She was the director of audit and advisory services and chief audit and risk executive at the University of California, Berkeley.

Earlier in her career, Riley held staff posts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Boise State University in Idaho, and Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she majored in accounting.

Alanka Hayes Brown was appointed vice president for academic and student affairs at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, Illinois. She was the associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of career programs at Frederick Community College in Maryland.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she majored in political science. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University. She also earned a master of public administration degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Dave Davis was promoted to executive director of neighborhood and community relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He was director of state and local relations. Davis joined the staff in the Office of Government relations in 2013.

Davis a graduate of Alabama A&M University, where he majored in chemistry and environmental science.

Beverly Downing was promoted to associate provost  at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. She has been serving as interim director of sponsored programs, Title III, and institutional planning, research, and assessment.

Dr. Downing is a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where she majored in health and physical education. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Hampton University in Virginia and a doctorate in pedagogy from Middle Tennessee State University.

Jermaine Wright was appointed associate vice president for student affairs at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He has been serving as interim associate dean of special programs at the City University of New York. Earlier, he was director of the Black Male Initiative at CUNY.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York, where he majored in political science and sociology. He holds a master of public administration degree from John Jay College in New York and a Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers University-Newark.

Cherie Meador was promoted to vice president of institutional effectiveness at Malcolm X College in Chicago. She was the senior manager for accreditation and compliance at the college. Earlier, Dr. Meador was interim associate vice chancellor for academic programs at City Colleges of Chicago.

Dr. Meador is graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she majored in communication. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and a doctorate in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.


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