Seven Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taricka Burton has been named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Burton has served as the office’s interim director since July 2019. Earlier, she was the associate director of multicultural programs and outreach.

Burton is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she majored in communication. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ereka Williams was appointed associate dean of education, quality assurance, and community engagement at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She most recently served as the associate dean for the College of Education at Fayetteville State University.

A native of Windsor, North Carolina, Dr. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Fayetteville State University. She received a Ph.D. in teacher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Harrison Baker has been hired as associate athletics director and director of external affairs for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. For the past two years, Baker has worked as associate director of graphic design and digital strategy at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 2014 to 2018, Baker was the assistant sports information director at Marist College.

Baker is a graduate of Marist College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports communication.

Charleita Richardson was named executive director of the Florida College Access Network, an independent, statewide network headquartered at the Univerity of South Florida. The network represents a cross-section of more than 700 organizations and institutions devoted to improving college access and success for minorities and other students underrepresented in higher education. Richardson has been serving as president and CEO of Partnership for the Future in Richmond, Virginia.

Richardson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and an MBA from Strayer University.

Hassan Ramzah was named chief of police at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the first African American to serve as chief in the 90-year history of the university’s police force. He has served as interim chief since July 2019 and joined the force in 2016.

Ramzah holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. He is pursuing a doctorate in educational studies leadership and higher education.

Tamara Pearson has been appointed the inaugural director of the Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM at Spelman College in Atlanta. She was the associate director of school and community engagement in the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Pearson received a bachelor of science in mathematics, with a minor in computer science at Spelman College. She earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in educational technology from the University of Florida.

Michael Couch, II was named director of financial aid and chief financial officer at Martin University in Indianapolis. Dr. Couch comes to Martin University from Ivy Tech Community College where he was director of financial aid outreach.

Dr. Couch holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He earned and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in community college leadership from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

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