Universities Announce the Appointments of Seven Black Administrators

Wesley Fountain was promoted to vice chancellor for external affairs and military relations at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He previously served as associate vice chancellor for community relations and economic partnerships.

Dr. Fountain is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he majored in political science. He holds a master’s degree in political science and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Fayetteville State University.

Samantha Jones is the new director of the Child Development and Family Studies Center at Mississippi State University. Jones has worked at the center for the past 12 years.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in human development and family science from Mississippi State University.

Makda Fessahaye has been appointed associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been serving as chief human resources officer for the City of Milwaukee.

Fessahaye is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she majored in communication. She earned a juris doctorate at Marquette University Law School.

Johnny Bernard Hill is the new director of corporate and foundation engagement at North Carolina Central University. He was dean of the Divinity School and co-director of the Center for Racial and Social Justice at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He earned a master of divinity degree and a master of theology degree from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Roshaunda Ross-Orta has been appointed director of the new Office of Student Transitions and Community Engagement at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She joined the staff at the university in 2019 as a program manager for residential colleges and most recently served as the inaugural assistant director of student organizations, leadership and service.

Ross-Orta is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree in arts administration from Indiana University.

William Moultrie will be the next associate vice chancellor for student success at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, effective July 1. He has been serving as the interim dean of University College in the Division of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Moultrie holds a bachelor’s degree in markting and an MBA from Albany State University in Georgia. He earned a juris doctorate at North Carolina Central University.

Jordan Brandt is the new director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas. She began her career at the university seven years ago in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, serving as an academic adviser.

Brandt earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physiology from the University of Iowa. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.

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