Three African Americans Who Have Been Named to New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Lou Avotri has been promoted to associate vice president and executive director of student success at Talladega College in Alabama. She was the director of student success at the college. Earlier, Dr. Avotri served as director of student affairs and retention coordinator at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Dr. Avotri earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in business education from North Carolina Central University. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.

Jared Russell has been named associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at Auburn University in Alabama. He is a professor in the College of Education, college director of diversity, and assistant director of the School of Kinesiology. Dr. Russell joined the faculty at Auburn University in 2002.

Dr. Russell is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in health and physical education. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physical education and sports studies from the University of Georgia.

M. Ray McKinnie has been selected to lead Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as associate dean. Since 2016 he has served as dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University and as administrator for Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Dr. McKinnie is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where he majored in animal science. He holds a master’s degree in animal science from Ohio State University and a doctorate in animal science from North Carolina State University.

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