New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Markesha M. Henderson was named director of athletics at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has been serving as an associate professor of business administration and director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Engagement at Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an All-American in track. She holds a master’s degree in sport administration from Georgia State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Dwayne Smiling was appointed acting vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement and Development at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He joined the staff in 2107 as director of the Career Pathways Initiative. later, he served as manager of government relations and prospect research.

Smiling holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Kristie Norwood was appointed director of the Student Counseling Center at Hampton University in Virginia. She recently worked at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center as the assistant chief of psychology.

Dr. Norwood is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in community counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis.

James Tate is the new chief of police at George Washinton University in Washington, D.C. Tate was chief of police at Rice University in Houston. He began his higher education career in 2011 as a police officer with the University of Arkansas Police Department in Fayetteville. He later became the assistant chief of police at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and then the chief of police at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Tate served 21 years in various leadership positions in the National Guard, including military police battalion commander. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.

Terry T. Kidd was appointed vice chancellor of academic affairs and workforce development at Southern University-Shreveport in Louisiana. He was dean of extended learning at Houston Community College in Texas.

Dr. Kidd is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he double majored in information systems technology and history. He earned a master’s degree in information systems technology from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Venyke Harley was named director of human relations and organizational development for the 1890 Research & Extension Program at South Carolina State University. She was the loss control manager at the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

Harley is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.

Robert Solomon was named vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He has been serving as assistant provost for diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University.

Solomon is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he majored in communications. He earned a juris doctorate at Ohio State University

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