Eight Black Administrators Take on New Roles in Higher Education

Yohannis A. Job has been appointed vice president of enrollment management at historically Black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He most recently served as vice president and dean of enrollment management at historically Black Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Job is a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University where he majored in business administration and marketing. He received a juris doctorate from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Kendric Stewart has been appointed assistant vice president of institutional advancement at historically Black Dillard University in New Orleans. He previously served as executive director of alumni affairs at Southern University and A&M College, a historically Black university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, master’s degree in social sciences with a concentration in political science, and doctorate in urban forestry and national resources from Southern University and A&M College.

Ashley Offutt has been promoted to director of the Student Opportunities and Achievement Resources program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has served as interim director since September 2023. She has held previous leadership positions with Radford University in Virginia an Eastern Kentucky University.

Offutt holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in African American and Black studies and a master’s degree in student personnel services in higher education from Eastern Kentucky University.

Matthew White has been named assistant vice president for alumni affairs at historically Black Hampton University in Virginia, where he previously served as director of university relations. He most recently served as director of athletics marketing at Norfolk State University.

White is alumnus of Hampton University where he received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

Martin Kimani has been appointed executive director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. Since 2020, he has served as as Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations. Prior to his current role, he served Kenya as director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre.

Dr. Kimani received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London.

Evangeline Pointer has been named director of alumni affairs and engagement at historically Black South Carolina State University. She most recently served as an associate vice president for Wells Fargo, where she consulted on strategy and planning.

Pointer is a graduate of South Carolina State University where she majored in mathematics with a minor in computer science. She holds an MBA from Strayer University in Virginia.

Ken Jett has been appointed vice president of facilities and capital planning in the Division of Operations, Finance, and Support at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His new role includes an appointment as president of the Rice Real Estate Company. He has over two decades of real estate investment management experience, most recently working with the Houston-based investment company, Hines Interests.

Jett received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. He holds an MBA from Rice University.

Tim Abney has been selected to serve as interim director of athletics at historically Black Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He has served as the university’s assistant athletic director for administration for the past eight years.

Abney holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Lincoln University.

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