Seven African American Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Shandra L. Gore has been named the first-ever vice president of institutional innovation and economic development at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. She most recently served as associate vice president of the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Dr. Gore holds three degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio: a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in communication, and a doctorate in leadership studies.

Marcellus C. Taylor has been named director of diversity, equity and inclusion programs at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He was the assistant director of student life in the Office of Student Life and Intercultural Programs at Penn State Harrisburg .

Dr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in training and development from Pennsylvania State University. He earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Khalilah Doss has been named vice president of student affairs at the University of Southern Indiana. She currently serves as vice president of student life, dean of students, deputy Title IX coordinator, and chief diversity officer at McPherson College in Kansas.

Dr. Doss is a graduate of McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, where she majored in economics/finance and marketing. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and policy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in educational administration and higher education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Stacey Sowell is the new director of admissions and recruitment at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She was the director of admissions at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sowell is a graduate of Shaw University, where she majored in English language and literature. She holds a master’s degree in English and African American literature and is studying for a Ph.D. in leadership studies at North Carolina A&T State University.

Forrest Foster was appointed director of library services at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was assistant director of public services of the C.G. O’Kelly Library on the campus of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Foster earned a bachelor’s degree in media and mass communications from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a master of library science degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Loretta Shields is the new assistant vice president of human resources at the New College of Florida in Sarasota. Shields is the former executive director of benefits, wellness and compliance at Kent State University in Ohio.

Shields received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ashland University in Ohio. She earned a master’s degree in human resources management from Troy University in Alabama.

LaTonya Nixon as its new vice president of student services at Beaufort County Community College in Washington, North Carolina. Dr. Nixon was dean of student services at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

Dr. Nixon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Longwood University in Virginia and a master’s degree in community and clinical psychology from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She earned an education doctorate through Walden University.

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