New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Vidal Annan Jr. has been named the new senior director of the Center for Mental Health Care and Resources at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been serving as a clinical psychologist and director of Counseling and Alcohol and Other Drug Services at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

Dr. Annan holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Monica Lewis has been appointed assistant vice president of strategic communications in the Office of University Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She previously served as director of communications for the City of Baltimore and the Office of the City Council President.

Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the School of Communications at Howard University. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Debra A. Bright is the new associate vice provost for student affairs at George Washington University. She was the associate vice president for student affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career, Dr. Bright served for 13 years as director of admissions and student services at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Bright earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in New York. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Dedric Carter was named vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development and chief innovation officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2021, he has been vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer at Washington University in St. Louis. Earlier, he served as the senior advisor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Dr. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a Ph.D. in information systems at Nova Southeastern University.

Victoria A. Alexis is the new director of communications and marketing at Dillard University in New Orleans. She had been working at the Louisiana Department of Health, where she served as the lead for the Bureau of Family Health’s communications operations and strategy team.

Alexis holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Jacqueline M. Reese has been named ombuds at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Reese comes to Bowdoin from Emory University in Atlanta, where she has served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility for nearly 20 years, most recently as associate director of student access services.

Reese holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with focuses on writing, sociology, and information technology from Georgia Southern University. She earned a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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