Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 13 Black Administrators

Jason M. Hood has been named assistant vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. He has been serving as the director of human resources for the City of Champaign, Illinois.

Hood holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Adrienne Wyatt is the new registrar at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was registrar at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. Earlier, she was registrar and director of student information systems at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Wyatt is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, where she majored in business administration. She earned an MBA through the University of Phoenix and is pursuing an educational doctorate from Fielding Graduate University.

Allen Sutton has been named executive director for outreach and education in community, equity, and inclusive excellence at Washington State University. He was director of the Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence at Auburn University in Alabama.

Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree both in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently completing a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

Vincent Lyons has been named director of reporting and research at Pace University in New York. He was an adjunct professor in MBA marketing management at Corporate College Services, Inc.

Lyons is a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in economics. He holds an MBA in management from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Levy Brown has been named vice president of learning, student engagement, and success at Vance-Granville Community College in North Carolina. For the past two years, he served as vice president of academic affairs at the college.

Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a doctorate in higher education leadership both from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University.

Pamela Richardson Wilks has been named chief of staff and assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. She most recently served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Wilks holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English and African-American literature both from North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a Ph.D. in English, literature, and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Roy Collins III has been named general counsel and chief legal affairs officer at New Mexico State University. He most recently served as associate general counsel and interim general counsel at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Collins is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he majored in mechanical engineering. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center and a master of laws degree in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School.

Shaun Crisler has been named assistant vice president for residence life and housing at the State University of New York at Oswego. He previously served as the associate director of human resources, inclusion, and communication in the Office of Residence Life at Syracuse University.

Crisler holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of education degree in adult education both from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources from Ohio State University. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in higher education administration at Illinois State University.

Ricky Cameron has been named general manager for dining services for Mississippi University for Women. He was the general manager of the New York Mets Training Facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Cameron is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts.

Christopher D. Lee has been named chief human resources officer at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He currently serves as associate vice chancellor for human resources for the Virginia Community College System. He is the author of three books including Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Searches (Stylus Publishing, 2014).

Dr. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama. He holds a master’s degree from Golden Gate University and a doctorate from Georgia State University.

Frank Dobson has been named associate dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University. He has been a member of the Vanderbilt community since 2004, most recently as associate dean of students, social justice, and identity.

Dr. Dobson is a graduate of the University at Buffalo in New York, where he majored in English, literature, Black studies, and education. He holds a master’s degree in English and literary studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Ph.D. in literature and writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Johnna Frierson has been named assistant dean for graduate and postdoctoral diversity and inclusion for the Duke University School of Medicine. She most recently served as the founding director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering.

Dr. Frierson is a graduate of Furman University in South Carolina, where she majored in biology. She holds a Ph.D. in virology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Dub Taylor was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. For the past 20 years, he has served as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, and educator.

Taylor is a graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he majored in history. He holds an MBA from the Jack Walsh Management Institute of Strayer University and is currently completing work on a doctorate in business from Walden University.


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  1. How is this list constructed? What about Dr. David S. Hood at Montclair University in Montclair, New Jersey?

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