Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Tania D. Mitchell has been named the inaugural associate provost for community engagement at the University of Maryland. Dr. Mitchell currently serves as the Rodney Wallace Professor for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and chair of the department of organizational leadership, policy, and development at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and communication from Baylor University in Texas, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, and a doctorate in student development from the University of Massachusetts.

Bernard Banks has been appointed director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Prior to taking on his new role, Dr. Banks was the associate dean for leadership development and inclusion, as well as a clinical professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Dr. Banks went on to earn six graduate degrees from four universities. He received a master of public administration degree from Harvard University, an MBA from York University in Ontario, and an MBA from Northwestern University. He earned a master’s degree in organizational psychology, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University in New York.

Fred Holmes has been named associate athletic director for compliance and student success at historically Black Lincoln University of Missouri. He most recently served as assistant athletic director for academics and compliance at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.

Holmes graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in history. He received a master’s degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Melvin Beavers has been selected by the University of Arkansas Little Rock to serve as interim associate vice chancellor for continuous improvement. He has been with the university since 2015, currently serving as the Chancellor’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow.

Dr. Beavers earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Arkansas. He holds a masters degree in interdisciplinary studies and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Kiantra Loza has been promoted to director of admissions and outreach, international students, and campus central at the College of DuPage in Illinois. She has been with the college for the past year, serving as associate director of admissions and outreach.

Dr. Loza received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in organizational leadership from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She holds a doctorate in education from Aurora University in Illinois.

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