Nine Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Susan Hester was appointed interim vice chancellor for institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University. She joined the staff at the university two decades ago and has served in numerous roles including director of corporate and foundation relations and executive director of the NCCU Foundation.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, Hester received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Carolina A&T State University and a master of public health degree in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Akirah Bradley was named interim vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was associate vice chancellor for student affairs and has been employed by the Division of Student Affairs since 2016.

Dr. Bradley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in higher education student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of California, Davis.

Tyler Brentley will be the next director of the Black Cultural Center at Virginia Tech, effective March 25, 2020. Most recently, he has worked as the multicultural and inclusion coordinator at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Brently is a graduate of Youngstown State University in Ohio. He also earned a master’s degree in counseling at Youngstown State.

Arion Jett-Seals has been hired to serve as the inaugural basic needs coordinator at the University of Kentucky. In this role, she will ensure all students have access to resources that can provide them with basic necessities for well-being on campus, including housing and food security. She was a Family Resource Center coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools.

Jett-Seals earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky and a master of social work degree from the University of Louisville.

Meredith E. Davis was appointed associate vice president of student engagement at Syracuse University in New York. She has been serving as the associate dean of students, divisional strategy, inclusion and involvement at Rhodes College in Memphis.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree in African American studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Ph.D. in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Charles Abasa-Nyarko was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Doña Ana Community College in New Mexico. Most recently, Dr. Abasa-Nyarko served as the vice president for the National Curriculum Assessment Program working with the nation of Ghana to assess pre-university student learning.

Dr. Abasa-Nyarko received a bachelor’s degree in political science with economics from the University of Ghana. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of South Carolina.

Linda L. Singh has been named Towson University’s inaugural Leader-in-Residence. The retired adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard started her new role at the university on January 22. In 2015, Dr. Singh became the first woman and African-American adjutant general of the Maryland Military Department.

Dr. Singh is a graduate of Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. She holds an MBA from Touro University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. She received a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology through Capella University.

Anita Walton will be the next vice chancellor for university advancement at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina., effective March 2. Walton has most recently worked as the senior director of diversity and talent management for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE. Earlier, she was assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Walton holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in higher education from North Carolina State University.

Denise Beautreau was promoted to director of student access and success at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has been the director of the chemistry lab at the university since 2013. Earlier, Beautreau was a lab manager a Mercy College in the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Beautreau is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she majored in biochemistry. She earned a master’s degree in chemistry at Long Island University in New York and a master’s degree in occupational safety and health-environmental management from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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