New Administrative Duties for Five African Americans in Higher Education

Johnny M. Smith was appointed associate vice chancellor for external affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He was vice president for strategic initiatives and community engagement and vice president of student development services at Pitt Community College in Winterville, North Carolina.

Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He completed a master’s degree in higher education administration and a doctorate in educational leadership at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Kori Harris is the new Title IX coordinator at Hampton University in Virginia. Before joining the staff at the university last July,  Harris was a victim advocate in the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hampton University. She holds a master’s degree in law and criminal justice from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Kimberly Woods was promoted to manager of alumni affairs at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She joined the staff at the college in 2014 and has served as an administrative assistant for the Office of Alumni Development/ Public Relations and most recently as gifts coordinator.

Woods is a graduate of Rust College, where she majored in communication and broadcast journalism. She holds an MBA from Strayer University.

Jamar Jones is the new chief information officer at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He was the director of information technology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Government.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Annya Lott was appointed associate vice chancellor for development for the University of California, Riverside. She most recently was senior director of philanthropy for Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Lott received a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

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