New Administrtive Duties in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Johnny Smith is the new vice president of instruction and student support services at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina. He was associate vice chancellor of external affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in human services from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He is a three-time graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, earning a master’s degree in education, an education specialist degree, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Apryl D. Roberts was appointed director of protocol and special events at Hampton University in Virginia. For the past two decades, she has run her own special events consulting firm.

Roberts is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she majored in political science and criminal justice.

Michael Simmons was named assistant band director at Bowie State University in Maryland. He has taught music from elementary school to the university level though most of his experience comes from teaching middle school.

Simmons is a graduate of Florida A&M University.

Keith Jemison is the inaugural associate vice chancellor for law enforcement & security for the Texas A&M University System He has been serving as associate vice president for public safety and chief of police for Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Dr. Jemison earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College. He holds a master’s degree in political and justice studies and a doctor of education in interdisciplinary leadership with a concentration in public safety from Governor’s State University.

William Payne was named Christian Protestant Chaplain at Syracuse University in New York. He has been serving as campus director of the University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Payne is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he majored in psychology. He went on to graduate from Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania in 2004.

Jennifer Wells-Marshall was appointed associate director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service at Alabama A&M University. Before accepting her current appointment, Dr. Marshall worked at Pennsylvania State University to develop Children, Youth, and Families at Risk programming.

Dr. Marshall is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in human development and family studies and a doctorate in educational psychology from Auburn University in Alabama.

Carme Williams has been named advancement consultant and interim vice president of development and alumni affairs at Texas Southern University. She is the former vice president of development at Prairie View A&M University.

Williams received a bachelor’s degree from the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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