Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Kimberly M. Scott is the new vice president for student affairs at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She was vice-chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology from Ashland College in Ohio. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Akron in Ohio and a Ph.D. in higher education from Ohio University.

Gloria Walker was named the vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at the University of New Orleans. She was vice president of finance and administration at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. Earlier, Dr. Walker was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Dr. Walker has a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from the University of Houston. She holds an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas and an educational doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston.

Rodney Chatman was appointed chief of police in the department of public safety at the Univerity of Utah. Chatman has been serving as executive director of public safety and chief of police at the University of Dayton in Ohio. He will begin his new duties on February 20.

Chatman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Sonya Williams is the new vice president of education and chief academic officer at Lake County College in Grayslake, Illinois. She was dean of the arts and sciences division at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. Earlier, Dr. Williams was dean of the chemistry and biological sciences division at Oklahoma City Community College.

Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and cell biology/neurosciences, both from the University of Oklahoma.

Nicole R. Stokes was appointed associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She most recently served as associate vice president for institutional effectiveness and diversity at Holy Family University in Philadelphia and has also been employed at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Dr. Stokes holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and journalism, along with a master’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in professional studies in multicultural education from the State University of New York College at New Paltz. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology and public policy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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