New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities for a Half Dozen African Americans

B. Afeni McNeely Cobham has been named chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She was an associate dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College.

Dr. Cobham holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University. Additionally, she was the first ever recipient of a master’s degree in African American and African Diaspora from Indiana University.

Cornelius Wooten has been named vice chancellor of administration and finance for North Carolina Central University, effective this December. He currently serves as vice president for administration and finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wooten holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Savannah State University in Georgia, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University.

Kerone Wetter has been named assistant director of communications at Virginia Tech for the National Capital Region. She was assistant director of marketing and communications for the College of Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Wetter holds a bachelor’s degree in design and environmental analysis from Cornell University and an MBA from George Mason University.

Kenya Mann Faulkner has been named chief ethics and compliance officer at Pennsylvania State University. She was managing director for business intelligence and investigations at Kroll, a global risk management firm.

Faulkner holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Niagara University in New York and a law degree from the University at Buffalo.

Yolanda Edmond has been named senior associate vice president of human resources for Texas Southern University in Houston. She was assistant superintendent of human resources for the Katy Independent School District in Texas.

Edmond holds a bachelor’s degree in health information management and a master of public administration degree in human resource management from Texas Southern University.

Shawnboda Mead has been named assistant vice chancellor for diversity within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi. She has been serving as the inaugural director of the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement at Ole Miss since 2014.

Mead holds a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Western Kentucky University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi.

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