Six African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Higher Education Administrative Posts

Branden Grimmett was appointed associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for career and professional development at Emory University in Atlanta, effective August 1. He was associate provost of career and professional development at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Grimmett received a bachelor’s degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and an educational doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Allison Morgan Bryant is the new chief of staff to the president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was also named assistant vice president of corporate relations. Dr. Morgan Bryant previously served as assistant dean of innovation and administration.

Dr. Morgan Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and analysis from Howard University. She earned a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University.

Christine D. Lovely will be the next vice president and chief human resources officer at Cornell University, effective August 30. She has been serving as associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer at the University of California, Davis. Earlier, Lovely was vice president of human resources at California State University, Sacramento.

Lovely received a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1996.

Tauheedah Jackson was named the inaugural director of the Institute for Success Planning at the EdRedesign Lab of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the director of place-based strategy and community school initiatives at the Institute of Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Jackson is a graduate of Connecticut College. She earned a master’s degree in education policy and management at Harvard University.

Norbert Rome was named interim director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans. He is the head coach of the women’s basketball team at the university. He has been head coach since 2012.

Rome earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Mary Holmes College. in Jackson, Mississippi, which closed in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dillard University.

Breanna McKnight has been named director of Clemson University’s Office of Advocacy and Success, a department within the Division of Student Affairs. McKnight joins the office after serving as a community director for University Housing at Clemson. She is the former assistant director of student conduct and a resident director at High Point University in North Carolina.

McKnight earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University in Missouri.

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