Seven African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Positions in High Education

T. Simeon Ananou has been named vice president for the Division of Information Technology and chief information officer at Stony Brook University in New York. He most recently served as chief information officer at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Ananou holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Ohio State University. He earned an MBA in computer information systems from Baker College in Michigan, and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jarrett Carter Sr. is the new vice president of external affairs, communications, and advancement at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. He was the director of operations, strategy, and communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Carter was the founding editor of the HBCU Digest

A native of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, Carter is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he majored in English. He holds a master’s degree in communications management from Towson University in Maryland.

Joy Jefferson was promoted to chief of staff to the president of Hampton University in Virginia. She had been serving as vice president and executive assistant to the president. Earlier she held the roles of vice president for external relations, associate vice president for development, and director of university relations at the university.

Jefferson is a 1986 graduate of Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts.

Norris Allen Edney III will join the executive leadership team at Talladega College in Alabama as vice president and deputy chief of staff, effective October 1. He has been serving as the assistant vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Edney earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in higher education, and a doctorate in higher education, all from the University of Mississippi.

Gissette Forte was appointed vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Queensborough Community College in New York. Dr. Forte was the assistant vice president for budget and finance at Brooklyn College.

Dr. Forte holds a master’s degree in finance from Baruch College in New York and a master’s degree in management and leadership from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

Juanita W. Hicks has joined the staff at the University of Georgia as the new senior associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer. She has been serving as the vice chancellor for human resources for the University System of Georgia. Earlier, she held human resources positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of West Georgia.

Dr. Hicks is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, where she majored in management. She holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University in South Carolina and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Georgia.

Harold Ellis was appointed director of athletics at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has served as an assistant coach and as a scout for several teams in the National Basketball Association.

A graduate of Morehouse College, he is the only basketball player at the school to have his number retired. After college, he played professional basketball in Greece and spent three seasons in the National Basketball Association.

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