College and Universities Appoint 11 African Americans to Administrative Posts

Angelique Foster was appointed assistant vice president for strategic initiatives for the University of Colorado System. She was chief of staff for the president of the University of North Dakota.

Foster is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where she majored in theater and performing arts. She holds a master of fine arts degree in stage management from the University of California, Irvine.

Rosevelt Noble has been named assistant dean of residential colleges at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He previously served as director of Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

Dr. Noble holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate all in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Rodman King, chief diversity and inclusion officer at the State University of New York at Oswego, has been given the added duties as chair of the Campus-City Relations Committee. The committee, established in 2006, seeks to connect the SUNY Oswego campus community with that of the greater City of Oswego community.

Dr. King is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili, New York. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester in New York.

Teesa Brunson was appointed director of development and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. She was assistant vice president for institutional advancement and development officer for major and planned gifts at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Dr. Brunson is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in print journalism from Florida A&M University and an educational doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

Lynette Cook-Francis was selected to serve as senior vice president for student engagement and enrollment at Simmons University in Boston. She will assume her new duties on August 23. She has been serving as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

Cook-Francis is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English. She is completing work on a doctoral degree at Northern Arizona University.

Sandra Miles was appointed vice president for student affairs at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She was vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Miles holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. She earned a doctorate at Florida State University.

B. Donta Truss was promoted to senior vice president for enrollment management, student affairs, and student success at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Before joining the staff at Shippensburg University in 2018, Dr. Truss served in several leadership positions for educational institutions of the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Truss holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in educational leadership policy and law from Alabama State University.

Alton M. Standifer has been named assistant to the president at the University of Georgia. He currently serves as director of new student orientation and associate director of undergraduate admissions for the university.

Standifer holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grade education and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia.

George R. Cotton Sr. has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement and development at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He currently serves as senior vice president of development for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

Cotton holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree both from Arkansas State University.

Denise Boston was appointed vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Walden University, which is headquartered in Minneapolis. Dr. Boston most recently served as the dean of diversity and inclusion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she was also a professor of professional psychology and health.

Dr. Boston is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where she majored in drama. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Goddard College, headquartered in Plainfield, Vermont, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Walden University.

Michael F. Thurman was named assistant chaplain at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He has served as pastor at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and as an adjunct instructor at Trenholm State Community College, Troy University and Alabama State University.

Rev. Thurman is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a master of divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


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