A Trio of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Positions

Salome Nnoromele was appointed interim vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ohio University. She has been serving as associate dean of campus operations on Ohio University’s Southern Campus in Ironton for the past five years. Previously, she served as executive director of student affairs and founding chair of the African/African American studies program at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Nnoromele is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she majored in English literature. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of Kentucky.

DeQuan Smith was named the inaugural assistant dean of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He was the associate director of graduate education and co-director of career services at the medical school.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and a master’s degree in sports management from Virginia State Univerity. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University.

Jacqueline M. Gatson was named assistant vice president of advancement for diversity, inclusion and belonging at the Purdue for Life Foundation. In this role, she will oversee and support fundraising activity, foundation relations, industry partnerships, and community partnerships aimed at increasing representation and access for diverse students, faculty, and staff. She has been serving as associate director for Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program.

Dr. Gatson is a graduate of Grambling State University in Louisiana. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Kansas State University.


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