Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Garry Morgan was appointed the inaugural director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. He has been serving as a special assistant to the vice president for inclusion and diversity at Auburn University in Alabama.

Morgan earned a bachelor’s in sociology and African American studies from the State University of New York at Cortland. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from North Carolina State University. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the administration of higher education at Auburn University.

Kendra Riley was named deputy chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Riley had been working as a program assistant in recruitment, retention, and multicultural affairs at the University of Florida. Earlier, she served as director of the Upward Bound Program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in English education and a master’s degree in education from Florida A&M University. She also holds a juris doctorate from the University of Florida.

On October 15, Margo R. Foreman will assume the role of vice president and chief officer of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has been serving as interim vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at Iowa State University.

Foreman holds a bachelor of science degree in social behavior science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She earned a master of public health degree from Indiana University and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership in higher education from the American College of Education.

Jevon Willis was appointed director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He was named assistant director of the center in 2018 and has been serving as interim director since the fall of 2020. During the seven years prior to coming to Hope, Willis taught social work or sociology at Calvin University, Davenport University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Willis is a graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, where he majored in social work. He earned a master of social work degree at Western Michigan University.

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