Three African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties at Universities

Jeremy Toulon is the newly appointed director of student transition and success at Binghamton University in New York. Most recently, Toulon served as a senior consultant for the National Institute of Student Success in Atlanta. He has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations as well as higher education institutions, including Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Toulon graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American/African Studies. He stayed at the university to attain a master of social work degree from the College of Community and Public Affairs.

Valencia Jordan is the new director of athletics at Fisk University in Nashville. She was serving as special programs coordinator at the Metropolitan Davidson County Parks Department. Jordan worked in various roles at Tennessee State University from 1989 to 2021. She was the volleyball coach from 1992 to 1994, assistant women’s basketball coach in 2000, and was promoted to head coach in 2001. She later went on to become the associate athletic director/senior woman administrator at the university.

Jordan is a graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she majored in health and psychology. She holds a master’s degree in health and physical education from Tennessee State University.

The University System of Maryland Foundation, the investment management arm for 10 University of Maryland campuses, five Maryland community colleges, and the system’s office, announced the appointment of Sharcus Steen as chief investment officer. He has worked at the foundation since 2017.

Steen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in organizational behavior, from Stanford University, where he also played football from 1995 to 1999. He later earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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