Colleges and Universities Appoint Eight African Americans to Administrative Posts

Piper Mitchell has been appointed assistant university legal counsel for North Carolina Central University in Durham. She was associate general counsel for Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia. Earlier, she was associate general counsel for student and faculty affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in public policy. She holds a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from Howard University.

Ida Gibson is the inaugural chief diversity officer at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Prior to joining Daemen College, Dr. Gibson was director of grants management in the Office of the City Administrator for the District of Columbia government.

Dr. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she majored in communication. She holds a master of public administration degree from Savannah State University in Georgia and a doctorate in higher education administration from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Nicole Haas was appointed chief of staff to the president of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, effective February 24. Most recently, Haas served as the chief of staff to the president and executive director of governmental and external affairs at Brooklyn College.

Prior to Brooklyn College, Haas held positions with the City University of New York and the New York Public Interest Research Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

Howard O. Gibson has been named the vice president of the Division of Academic Affairs at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Dr. Gibson is the former interim president of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock.

Dr. Gibson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in urban higher education, all from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Chotsani West is the executive director of diversity and inclusion at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She will continue to oversee student mentoring services at the university. West joined the staff at Adelphia University in 2014.

West holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and technology at Adelphi University and is presently working on a doctorate in educational leadership for diverse learning communities at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York.

Taya Jackson Scott was appointed vice dean of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has the responsibility to oversee finance, instructional and information systems, human resources, and strategic analysis. Dr. Scott was the chief administrative officer and chief of staff at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Scott is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in economics. She holds an MBA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and an educational doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

August Washington has been appointed senior associate vice chancellor for public safety and special initiatives at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Washington has served as associate vice chancellor for the university since 2014 and chief of police since 2009. Earlier, he served for four years as chief of police at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Washington holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Dahlia Hylton was appointed director of Black student development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, she was director of multicultural student programs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Dr. Hylton holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a master’s degree in adult education, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, all from Auburn University in Alabama. She also earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Troy University in Alabama.


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