Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Aisha Jackson is the inaugural assistant vice chancellor and assistant vice provost for academic and learning technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She joined the staff at the university in 2010 and had been serving as director of academic technology applications and design.

Dr. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education/exceptional child education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She earned a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Florida and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Colorado Denver.

Melvin Jackson was named assistant vice provost for faculty engagement at North Carolina State University. Over the last three years, he has served as the director of graduate student recruitment, mentoring, and success in the College of Education at the university.

Dr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in health care management and a master’s degree in college student development from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership, policy, and research from Louisiana State University.

Mechell Clark McCrary was appointed executive director of marketing and communications at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. She has held marketing positions at several corporations including Coca-Cola and Aflac.

A native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, McCrary holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mississippi State University. She earned a master’s degree in mass communication from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Kevin Joseph was named interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas. He joined the staff at the university in 2015 and has been serving as director of student affairs assessment and strategic initiatives.

Dr. Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Florida A&M University. He earned a master’s degree in educational research methodology and a doctorate in higher education administration from Louisiana State University.

Kristie L. Kenney was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Talladega College in Alabama. Earlier in her career, she was executive director of the Jackson State University Development Foundation in Mississippi.

Dr. Kenney is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she majored in agricultural business. She holds a master’s degree in college administration and leadership from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

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