Seven African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Hodan Hassan has joined the staff of Morehouse College in Atlanta as the new vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement and chief advancement officer. She was assistant dean of advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York.

Dr. Hassan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics and a master’s degree in math education and applied mathematics from Long Island University in New York. She earned a Ph.D. in technology, policy, and innovation at Stony Brook University.

Carlton Spellman is the new vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer at Alabama A&M University. From 2017 to 2022, Spellman served as vice chancellor for business and finance at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

A member of the U.S. Marine Corps for 23 years. Spellman is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Florida.

Tiffany Mfume will assume the role of associate vice provost for student success and retention initiatives at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on July 10. She has been serving as associate vice president for student success and retention at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

A graduate of Morgan State University, Dr. Mfume is the author of The College Completion Glass — Half-Full or Half-Empty? Exploring the Value of Postsecondary Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

Al Davis has been named as director for the Texas A&M Forest Service. He has been serving in the role on an interim basis for the past two years. The agency has nearly 550 employees and 58 office locations across Texas.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds master’s degrees from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Donald E. Palm will be the next chief operating officer/executive vice president at Florida A&M University. Dr. Palm, who left FAMU in 2016, has been serving as executive vice president/provost at Virginia State University. Before heading to Virginia State, he was associate provost for undergraduate studies and a tenured professor in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Palm earned a bachelor’s degree at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Pennsylvania State University.

L. Hazel Jack has been named vice president for university outreach and chief of staff to the president at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Jack, who joined Colgate in 2017, will continue oversight of the Colgate Office of University Communications and Events.

Jack earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising promotions at Pace University in New York. She holds an MBA in marketing management and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York. Jack is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education at Syracuse University.

Ingrid O. McMillan was appointed director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University. She was the director of history, art, and culture at Penn Center, Inc., on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

McMillan earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from South Carolina State University. She holds an MBA in management from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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