Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles at Colleges and Universities

Danielle Huff was appointed executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. A former middle school principal, Dr. Huff has served students, staff, and families for over 14 years in administration, coaching, and instructional roles.

Dr. Huff is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in biology. She holds two master’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a doctorate in education policy and organizational leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

James T. Overton was named chief of the police department at Delaware State University for the second time in his career. He began his first tenure with the university as deputy chief of police in 2000, and then served as the university’s chief of police from 2005 until 2011. He served as senior associate vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Massachusetts from 2016 to 2018.

Overton is a graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in sociology. He holds a master’s degree in human resource management from Wilmington College in Delaware.

Sharron Taylor Burnett is the new chief financial officer and vice president for finance and operation at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She previously served as vice president for fiscal and administrative affairs at Langston University in Oklahoma as well as assistant vice president for administration and finance at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Dr. Burnett is a native of Tennessee and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Lane College. She also holds a an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Memphis.

Terrell Smith has been selected as the inaugural director of marching and spirit bands at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Since 2021, he has served as director of athletic bands at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He is completing work on a master’s degree in music education from the University of Maryland.

Kizito Mukuni was appointed director of online education at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. He has been an instructional design specialist at the University of North Dakota and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Mukuni holds a Ph.D. in instructional design and technology from Virginia Tech.

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