New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Alison Chandler was recently promoted to assistant vice president of strategic enrollment management and student success at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She formerly held the position of executive director of student development, advising, and career success.

Chandler earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and counselor education from Tennessee Tech University, and a master’s degree in academic advising from Kansas State University. She is pursuing her doctorate in higher education leadership from National Louis University.

Shannon Palmer is the new chief of staff and assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. She most recently served as assistant to the chief of staff at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.

Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a master’s degree in education from Abilene Christian University in Texas. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at East Carolina University.

Rodney Chatman was appointed vice president for campus safety at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He has served in campus safety leadership roles at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Dayton, and the University of Utah.

Chatman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice and a certificate in African American studies from the University of Cincinnati.

Liz Andrews was appointed executive director of the Museum of Fine Art at Spelman College in Atlanta. She has spent the last five years as the executive administrator in the director’s office of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Andrews holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She earned a master’s degree in arts politics from the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University and a Ph.D. in cultural studies from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Lonnie Cockerham has been named executive director of community engagement at North Carolina A&T State University. He has served in the role on an interim basis since January. Before joining the university’s staff, Dr. Cockerham held management and administrative leadership positions in community-based organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Huntington Learning Center, and Black Child Development Institute.

Dr. Cockerman holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University. He earned an MBA at Duke University.

Martinique C.G. Free was appointed director of the public health scholars program at American University in Washington, D.C. Since 2015, she has served as a professorial lecturer in the department of health studies. Some of her areas of interest include health disparities, women’s health in minority populations, health equity, and cultural relevance as it relates to health promotion and disease prevention.

A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dr. Free received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University, where she majored in laboratory animal science. She earned her master of public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in health education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Juanette Council is the new vice chancellor for student affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She has served in the position on an interim basis since January. From 2003 to 2021, she was associate vice chancellor for student affairs and business manager.

Dr. Council earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a master’s degree from Hampton University in Virginia, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Fayetteville State University.


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