Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Diversity Positions

James McShay was appointed assistant vice president for student affairs and the inaugural director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland College Park, effective October 2. He has been serving as vice chancellor for equity & inclusion at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

Dr. McShay is a graduate of the State University of New York-Oswego. He holds a Ph.D. in education, multicultural, and international curriculum studies from Iowa State University.

Dominique A. Quarles has been named assistant vice president for access, diversity, and inclusion at Mississippi State University. He has served as director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Georgia since 2017.

Dr. Quarles earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in higher education from Georgia Southern University. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Sharnnia Artis has been appointed vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, effective September 1. She has been serving as assistant dean of access and inclusion in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Artis received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

Mel Williams Jr., associate dean of engineering at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C., was given the added duties as special assistant to the president of the university for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Williams is a retired admiral of the U.S. Navy and was one of the first African Americans to captain a Navy submarine.

Williams is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he majored in mathematics. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Catholic University of America

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Announces Unique STEM-Focused MBA Degree Program

The new STEM-MBA program at Alcorn State, the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi, will prepare students to become business leaders in STEM industries through courses on foundational STEM and business concepts, as well as data analysis and strategic decision-making.

Five Black Women Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities Across the United States

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to dean positions at universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to

PNC Partners With Howard University to Empower Black Entrepreneurship

The Howard University and PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship aims to support and educate Black entrepreneurs from across the country. The collaborative initiative includes three other HBCU partners: Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Texas Southern University.

Saida Grundy Wins Race, Gender, and Class Book Award From the American Sociology Association

Dr. Grundy's book, Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man, explores the culture and experiences of graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta, the country's only historically Black college for men.

Featured Jobs