Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Earl Brown was appointed executive director of academic partnerships and community relations for Berkeley College, which operates several campuses in the New York City metropolitan area. He was the campus operating officer for Berkeley College’s Newark, New Jersey location. He joined the staff at the college in 2012.

Brown is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he doubled majored in economics and business management. He earned an MBA from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Charity Seaborn was appointed interim Title IX coordinator at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She had been serving as director of student rights and responsibilities at the university.

Seaborn is a graduate of the University of California, where she majored in international studies. She holds a master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Indiana University. She currently is enrolled at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Melissa A. Weber was named curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive, the research center for the study of New Orleans jazz and related musical genres at Tulane University. The archive is part of the Special Collections division of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Weber was previously program manager of the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Academic Programs.

Weber is a master’s degree student in musicology at Tulane University.

Renell Wynn has been hired as vice president for communications at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She previously held administrative positions at the University of Denver, George Mason University in Virginia, and The College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Wynn earned a bachelor of arts in English and mass communication at Spelman College in Atlanta, and an MBA at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

Tiffany Tuma was appointed assistant dean of academic success and accessible education at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She will also hold the title of director of academic advising.

Tuma is a graduate of Georgia State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in clinical health counseling from Auburn University in Alabama and is pursuing a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.


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