New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Rolundus Rice was appointed chief operating officer at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He is the author of Hosea Williams: A Lifetime of Defiance and Protest (University of South Carolina Press, 2022).

Dr. Rice holds a master’s degree from Alabama A&M University and a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in Alabama.

Marquisha Frost is the new director of strategy and operations for the Division of Innovative and Learning-Centric Initiatives at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She was assistant dean and director of academic resources and disability services at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Dr. Frost holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University in California.

Tiffany Murphy has joined the staff at Dillard University in New Orleans as director of residential life. Previously, she worked both as an assistant area coordinator and as an assistant director of housing and residence life at the University of Memphis.

A first-generation college student, Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Memphis. She earned a master’s degree in education from Arkansas State University.

Joe Brooks was named assistant vice president for institutional advancement at Virginia Union University in Richmond. Previously, he was vice president of community impact at United Way in South Hampton Roads, vice president of partnership management at ACCION Opportunity Fund, and vice president of JP Morgan Chase Bank Retail Branch Channel.

Brooks is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in political science and communications.

Joy L. Jefferson is the new vice president and executive assistant to the president of Hampton University in Virginia. Since January 2016, she served as the chief administrator and strategist for the Old Dominion University Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. Earlier, she served as vice president for external relations at Hampton University.

A native of Newport News, Virginia, Jefferson is a 1986 graduate of Hampton University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts.

John Gardner was named interim director of athletics at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He has been serving as chair of the Athletics Council and assistant vice president for student success at the university.

A native of Houston, Texas, Gardner began his professional career in 1997 after obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Prairie View A&M University.

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