Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Courtney Phillips has been appointed vice president of health affairs and chief health officer at Louisiana State University. She has held numerous leadership positions in the healthcare field, including secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.

Dr. Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and master’s degree in public administration from Louisiana State University. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from historically Black Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pamela Richardson has been named director of parental relations for alumni affairs at Hampton University, a historically Black university in Virginia. She most recently served as the university’s director of marketing for athletics.

Richardson is a summa cum laude graduate of Hampton University where she majored in mass media arts.

Shani L. Crayton has been selected as the permanent executive director of strategic communications and marketing at historically Black Alabama State University. She was named interim executive director last month. Prior to her new appointment, she served as the university’s director of brand and marketing.

Crayton received her bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education from Alabama State University.

James T. Ham has been appointed director of the Office of International Affairs at historically Black North Carolina Central University. He has over three decades of federal government experience, previously holding leadership positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Peace Corps.

Ham holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from North Carolina Central University and a master’s degree in international education from American University in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in executive leadership from the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

Caroline Ebanks has been named vice dean for research for Teachers College at Columbia University. For more than two decades, she has been with the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education, holding positions such as team lead for early childhood education and program officer for research grant programs.

Dr. Ebanks received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Cornell University.

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