Three African American Women Appointed to Leadership Posts at Georgia State University

Georgia State University has announced a number of key appointments to leadership positions. Several of the administrators receiving these appointments are African Americans.

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, associate provost for faculty affairs, has been appointed interim provost and head of academic affairs. Dr. Parsons-Pollard has been at Georgia State since January 2020. Earlier, she was the vice provost for academic and faculty affairs at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Dr. Parsons-Pollard holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in criminal justice, and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration, all from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Corrie Fountain, director of faculty development, will serve as interim associate provost for faculty affairs. Prior to joining Georgia State University, Dr. Fountain served as department chair of inclusive education and interim associate dean for diversity and community engagement at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in special education/behavior disorders from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies with a concentration in research, measurement, and statistics from Georgia State University.

Cynthia Lester, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Perimeter College at Georgia State University, will serve as interim dean of Perimeter College. Dr. Lester, a professor of computer science, previously served as associate dean of the Division of Math, Computer Science and Engineering and as associate dean of Georgia State’s Clarkston campus. Dr. Lester is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she majored in computer science. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Alabama.

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