New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Robert T. Muhammad as the new director of financial aid at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, he has been director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. Earlier, he was associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Muhammad is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in sociology. He earned an MBA at Winston-Salem State University.

Gillian McKnight-Tutein is the new vice president for enrollment administration and student success at the Community College of Denver. Dr. McKnight-Tutein served as the vice president of academic and student affairs and senior academic officer for Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado.

Dr. McKnight-Tutein holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University. She earned a master’s degree in human resources development administration and a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University.

Lillie A. Burgess was appointed campus minister at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the first woman to lead the campus ministry in the 150-year history of the college.

Dr. Burgess received an undergraduate degree in Bible and church ministries and a master’s degree in Christian education and biblical studies from Columbia International University in South Carolina. She earned a doctoral degree in comparative religion at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jermaine Rolle was appointed deputy director of athletics for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He was associate director of athletics for compliance and student life at Minot State University in North Dakota.

A native of the Bahamas, Rolle is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he majored in psychology. He holds a master’s degree in sports psychology from Barry University in Miami.

Tisha D. Arnold has been named director of communications for Grambling State University in Louisiana. She was the public information officer for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Arnold is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and studied integrated marketing communications at West Virginia University.

Ashlee K. Roberts has joined Stockton University in New Jersey as the executive director of student affairs planning and operations. She was the associate director of student involvement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Roberts is an alumna of the University of Memphis, where she earned degrees in psychology, English, and African & African American studies. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

Natalie Page was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Danville Community College in Virginia. She has been serving as dean of academic services at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois.

Dr. Page is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she majored in advertising and marketing. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Governors State University and a doctorate in community college leadership from Northern Illinois University.


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  1. Congratulations Dr. Roberts on your new appointment. Your dedication and excellence should be spread throughout the entire sector of higher education. Make your mark!

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