Six Universities Announce the Appointments of African Americans to Administrative Posts

Kenitra Horsley has been promoted to chief information officer at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. She is the first woman and first African American to hold the post. Horsley, who came to Queens University in 2019 as deputy CIO and director of enterprise systems, has served in the CIO position on an interim basis since November 2021.

Horsley is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, where she majored in computer science. She holds an MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Dwayne Murray was named deputy director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at Syracuse University in New York. He was a professor of military science in the Army ROTC program at Alabama A&M University.

Murray is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he majored in sociology and information studies and was a track and field athlete. He earned a master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville.

Sharron T. Burnett was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Dr. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. She holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an educational doctorate from the University of Memphis.

J. William Nicholas is the new director of bands at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He recently served as the adjunct director of bands at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

A native of Orlando, Florida, Dr. Nicholas earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in music education from Florida State University. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in band conducting from the University of South Carolina.

Tamara Michel Josserand has been named vice president for development at the University of Washington. Most recently, she led advancement at the University of Redlands in California. Prior to that, she served as assistant dean of advancement for the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Josseerand is a graduate of Connecticut College. She earned an MBA at the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Catherine Edmonds was named chief of staff to the chancellor of North Carolina Central University, effective May 1. She has been serving as deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Earlier in her career, Dr. Edmonds was director for Educational Leadership and Development and state director of the Principal Fellows Program for the University of North Carolina System.

Dr. Edmonds earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. She holds a master’s degree in school administration in educational leadership and a doctorate in educational administration from North Carolina State University.

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  1. I am pleased that African Americans are doing wonderfully well. This shows that the sky is not the limit.

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