Four African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Donald R. Pearsall has been appointed interim assistant vice president of auxiliary enterprise at historically Black Alabama A&M University. He has an extensive career in auxiliary services, most recently serving as associate vice president for facility operations, construction, and risk management at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Pearsall holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina Central University, an MBA from Strayer University in Alabama, and a master’s degree in project management from Western Carolina University.

Padonda B. Webb has been named assistant vice chancellor of health and wellness in the Division of Student Affairs at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University. She has been with the university for the past eight years, most recently serving as executive director of the Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. Student Health Center.

Dr. Webb is an alumna of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of South Alabama.

Michael Scales has been appointed vice president of the Division of Business Services at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as associate vice president for business services at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to his current role, he served as director of university housing for Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Scales received his master’s degree in higher education administration from Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Temple University.

Dawn Leaks Ragsdale has been named the inaugural executive director of the Center for Inclusive Growth at Yale University, which aims to support economic growth in the surrounding city of New Haven. She most recently served as the executive director of Collab, a New Haven-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting local entrepreneurs.

Ragsdale holds a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in management and operations from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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