A Quartet of African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Carlotta Mitchell was appointed director of its Center for Academic Advising at Florida A&M University. In her new role, Mitchell will oversee more than 30 academic advisors located within the university’s 14 colleges and schools. She has been on the university’s staff for 25 years.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in applied social science from Florida A&M University. She holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution, from Nova Southeastern University.

David Harris is the new director of athletics and the Ben Weiner Director of Athletics Chair at Tulane University in New Orleans. Harris, who was named an Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2021, has been serving as director of athletics at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to taking over at the University of Northern Iowa in 2016, Harris served as senior associate athletic director at Iowa State University.

Harris, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Mississippi.

Johannah Williams is the new vice president of academic affairs and workforce development at Nashville State Community College. She has served the past two years as dean of Nashville State’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Before coming to Nashville State, Dr. Williams held the position of associate vice president of STEM and Workforce Programs for Phi Theta Kappa, the nation’s largest honor society for community college students.

Dr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Mississippi. She also holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Western Governors University and a master’s degree in computer and information science from Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Fort Valley State University has named Emma Bennett-Williams as the new chief of staff. Bennett-Williams previously served as the interim chief of staff and chief legal officer. Bennett-Williams joined Fort Valley State University’s Office of Legal and Government Affairs in 2019.

Bennett-Williams is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she majored in business administration. She holds an MBA from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and earned a juris doctorate with a concentration in employment and labor law from California Western School of Law.

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