Six African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Candice Storey Lee has been named vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Lee is Vanderbilt’s first woman athletic director. She is also the first African American woman to head an athletics program at a university in the Southeastern Conference. Dr. Lee has been serving in the posts on an interim basis since February and earlier was associate vice chancellor and deputy athletic director.

Dr. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development, a master’s degree in counseling, and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from Vanderbilt University.

Amir Henry was promoted to chief of police at Winston-Salm State University in North Carolina. He has been deputy chief since 2017 and has been on the force since 2012. A native of New York City, Henry was a United States Marine and a North Carolina State Trooper.

Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in science and technical management from DeVry University.

Jasmin Sessoms has been named interim director of alumni affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She has been serving as assistant director of development at the university.

Sessoms is a magna cum laude graduate of Fayetteville State University, where she majored in mass communication.

Jamal J. Myrick has been named the director of African student programs at the University of California, Riverside. He has served in the post on an interim basis since last year.

Dr. Myrick, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, received a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in higher education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Azusa Pacific University in California.

Bruce A. Lewis, associate vice president of the Department of Safety & Security and chief of police of Northwestern University, has recently been promoted to senior associate vice president. In 2003, Lewis joined Northwestern as chief of police and in 2008 was promoted to associate vice president.

Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and master’s degrees in criminal justice from Grambling State University in Louisiana. He also holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland.

Jason Brooks is the new executive director for institutional engagement for the University of Kentucky. He had served as the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on campus. Earlier, he was the assistant dean of students for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Emporia State University in Kansas.

Brooks holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, both in horn performance, from Emporia State University.

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