Four African American Men Taking on New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Terrence Mitchell has been named the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He most recently served as the chief diversity officer at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in community college education from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in administration and leadership studies with a non-profit emphasis at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

W. Anthony Neal has been named vice president for institutional advancement at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. He was vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Dr. Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, a master of public administration degree from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in urban higher education administration from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Malcolm Turner has been named vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He currently serves as a member of the National Basketball Association’s senior leadership team and president of the NBA G League.

Turner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a joint MBA and law degree from Harvard University.

David “Rusty” Ponton has been named athletic director at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He also serves as the university’s vice president for student affairs and has been a Grambling State employee since 1988.

Dr. Ponton holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a doctorate in developmental education from Grambling State University.

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