A Trio of African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Jeanell N. Hughes has been named chief talent officer/chief human resources officer at Cleveland State University. She was vice president of talent management and chief diversity officer for Aramark.

Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University in Ohio and a master of public administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tina Smith has been named associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for development and alumni relations at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She most recently served as interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as interim chief diversity officer. She has been a Vanderbilt employee since 2002.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of North Alabama and an educational doctorate in higher education administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

Kayton Carter has been named executive director of strategic academic retention initiatives at the University of California, Davis. He will continue to hold his position as director of the Center for African Diaspora Student Success.

Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in higher education administration and student affairs from Michigan State University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of California, Davis.

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