Three African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From College and University Positions

Ruth Spencer, associate vice president for human resources at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, announced that she is retiring at the end of the calendar year. Spencer came to Vassar in 2006 after serving as director of human resources at Oberlin College in Ohio. She was the first African American to obtain the rank of associate vice president at Vassar.

Spencer is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master of social work degree and a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

A.J. Range, assistant vice president of student development and enrollment services at the University of Central Florida, will retire on December 11. He has had a 46-year career in education, the past 26 at the University of Central Florida. He joined the staff at the university in 1994, as the director of multicultural student services.

Range holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Florida A&M University.

Adrienne D. Davis, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, is stepping down May 31 from her position in the provost’s office. She will continue to serve on the faculty. Dr. Davis also serves as the inaugural director of the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity which was formally launched this fall.

Professor Davis is a graduate of Yale University and earned a juris doctorate at Yale Law School.


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