Five African Americans Who Were Named to New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities

Willie Jude II is the new vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, effective May 1. He has been serving as vice president for student affairs and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously served as executive director of philanthropy at Lincoln University and as associate athletics director for advancement at North Carolina Central University.

Jude holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree in education from Washington State University.

Laraine Davis will serve as vice president for community and government relations at Maryville University in St. Louis, beginning April 15. She had a 17-year career as an executive for Wells Fargo Advisors working in government and industry relations and community relations.

Davis is a graduate of Maryville University, where she majored in psychology.

Parice Bowser has been named assistant vice chancellor for Greek Life and associate dean of students at the University of Arkansas. She joined the staff at the university in 2004 as the associate director of Greek Life. She was promoted to director of Greek Life in 2008. Earlier, she served as the coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Memphis.

Bowser holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arkansas State University.

Lowell K. Davis was appointed vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, effective May 1. A native of Dallas, Davis currently serves as associate vice chancellor for student success at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Dr. David holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and a master’s degree in counseling from Hampton University in Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and student affairs from Indiana University.

Solomon Tention was named the inaugural associate dean of academic compliance at Dallas College in Texas. He had been serving as the college’s associate dean of educational programs and partnerships.

Dr. Tention holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and instruction from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a doctorate in higher education leadership through Trident International University.

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