Howard University’s New President Organizes His Top Staff

New Howard University President Ben Vinson III has announced key appointments to his top staff.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza was named senior advisor for strategic initiatives. He has been serving as the North Star Distinguished Professor and associate provost at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Earlier, he was a professor of social sciences and humanities at the United States International University in Kenya and director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Zeleza received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Malawi. He holds a master’s degree from the University of London and Ph.D. in African economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Allison Morgan Bryant, who had served as chief of staff to President Emeritus Wayne A.I. Frederick, before he retired last August, will stay on as a member of the cabinet as the vice president of the Office of Corporate Relations. She is also an associate professor of information systems and supply chain management at the Howard University School of Business. Dr. Bryant is a graduate of Howard University and holds a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University.

Calvin J. Hadley, who served as senior advisor to the president for strategic initiatives during the Frederick administration, is now assistant provost for academic partnerships and student engagement. He will be responsible for spearheading the ideation, development, and establishment of numerous strategic academic partnerships with leaders in industry. Dr. Hadley earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and a Ph.D. in sociology and criminology from Howard University. He also holds a master of public administration degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Latrice Byam, who was executive director of admissions with the Office of Enrollment Management, is now the executive director of academic planning and curriculum for the Office of the Provost. Earlier in her Howard career, Byam served in several capacities within enrollment management including university registrar. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and an MBA from Howard University.

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