Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed Provosts

Shantay R. Grays was named provost and executive vice president at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Grays joins Howard Community College after serving the Houston Community College District since 1998. She held several positions at Houston Community College, including associate vice chancellor of enrollment services and student engagement, chief of staff to the chancellor, executive officer to the chancellor, director of student success and special projects, and manager of student services initiatives.

Dr. Grays’ research interests include issues affecting graduation and persistence rates of African American and Latino males in higher education.

Dr. Grays earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grambling State University in Louisiana. She holds a master of public administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrea Stewart has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Stewart has served in the role on an interim basis since August 15, 2022. Prior to her interim position, she served as the dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at the university from 2013 to 2022.

Dr. Stewart’s research interests and scholarship focus on teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, religiosity, assessment, and program evaluation. Also, she is a published poet and enjoys creative writing.

Dr. Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and a master of social work degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received a doctorate in social work from Howard University in Washington. D.C.

Toneyce Randolph is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. She was the vice president for academic affairs at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College, said, “We are elated to welcome Dr. Randolph to our team. Her extensive leadership experience within historically Black colleges and universities, particularly in the realms of accreditation, student advancement, governance, financial stability, and academic affairs, makes her an exceptional addition.”

Dr. Randolph holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. She earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.

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