New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Omar O. Bell is the new vice chancellor for university advancement at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He is the former associate director of development at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Earlier, he was director of advancement for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bell is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, where he majored in English.

Dana McPherson was named assistant vice president in the Office of University Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She has been serving as the executive director of marketing and brand management for the Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of Florida.

McPherson is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations.

Michael Newby is the director of development for North Carolina Central University’s School of Business. He had over 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical services at AstraZeneca and other firms.

Newby holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Carolina Central University and an MBA from American Intercontinental University.

Carol Ash was appointed vice president of academic affairs and workforce development at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. Since January 2020, she has served as the dean of the School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

Dr. Ash holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a doctorate in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Shareese Williams is the new interim director of alumni affairs at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was a senior admissions counselor at the university.

A native of Harlem, Williams is a graduate of Saint Augustine’s University, where she majored in broadcast communications. She holds a master’s degree in health administration from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.

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