New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans at Colleges and Universities

Patrick Davis Sr. was named vice president of the new BlueOval City campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson. He had been serving as vice president of operations at TCAT Dickson. He started his higher education career at Dyersburg State Community College as a multimedia and curriculum design specialist and later served as dean of academic support at Jackson State Community College.

Dr. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix, in instruction and curriculum design and business administration/technology management, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.

Salena Gray Jegede was appointed senior vice president for institutional advancement at Spelman College in Atlanta. Jegede previously served as the chief of donor advising for the political organization Way to Win. Prior to joining Way to Win, Jegede served as the chief advancement officer for the Sierra Club in Oakland.

Jegede earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from Spelman College. She holds a master’s degree in political science from Georgia State University.

Marchon Jackson was named associate vice president in the Office of Research at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Jackson has more than two decades of research experience in higher education, non-profit, and private industry. He was most recently the assistant vice president for sponsored programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jackson is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, where he majored in finance. He holds an MBA from Howard University.

Wendy Thompson was appointed chief of staff for the president of Fisk University in Nashville, She most recently served as vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Thompson is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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