Nine African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Elijah Smith has been named director of the debate team at Rutgers University Newark. He recently served as the curriculum director of the Global Debate Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Smith is a graduate of Rutgers University Newark where he majored in public administration and nonprofit management. He holds a master’s degree in communication and media studies from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Rodney Morrison has been named vice president for enrollment management at the University of Delaware. He most recently served as associate provost for enrollment and retention management at Stony Brook University in New York.

Morrison holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education from the University of Rochester in New York.

Tiffany Hamilton has been named associate vice president for diversity and inclusion at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. She is the first chief diversity officer in the uniersity’s history. She was associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.

Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

TaJuan Wilson has been named special assistant to the vice president for external relations at the University of Iowa. Most recently, he briefly served as the university’s vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he majored in political science and government. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from DeVry University and a doctorate in higher education administration and instructional leadership from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.

Bomani Spell is the new associate vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University. He previously served as an assistant vice president for student services at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.

Spell holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degrees in history and higher education student personnel all from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is completing work on a doctorate at the same institution.

Betty H. Olinger has been appointed program administrator for the School of Nursing at Kentucky State University. She served as chair of the School of Nursing from 2004 to 2013. Since that time she has served on the board of trustees of Berea College in Kentucky.

Dr. Olinger is a graduate of Berea College and holds a master’s degree in pediatric nursing and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Kentucky.

Oliver Street III was appointed assistant dean for enrollment services at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He was executive director of enrollment retention at George Washington University in the nation’s capital. Earlier he was an associate registrar at West Virginia University.

Dr. Street is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington. D.C., where he majored in international relations. He holds a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in New York and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tracie Clark was promoted to vice president of strategy and organizational excellence at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was a special assistant to the president of the college. Dr. Clark has been with the college for 19 years.

Dr. Clark is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in urban education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Vincent M. Moore has been chosen to serve as the new chief of police and public safety at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Moore previously served for 20 years as a Special Agent in the Norfolk Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2014, Moore retired from the U. S. Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after a career that included combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Florida A&M University.

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