Five African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Melody Hunter-Pillion has been named director of marketing and communications for climate and sustainability at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She most recently served as a broadcast correspondent for PBS North Carolina. Earlier in her career, she served as associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows at Duke University.

Dr. Hunter-Pillion is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication and Ph.D. in American studies. She holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University.

David Caruth has been named vice president of institutional effectiveness at historically Black Virginia Union University. Most recently, he served as chief analytics officer for E.C. Fennel P.A. Engineering Consultants, a Florida-based organization specializing in electrical and mechanical engineering support.

Dr. Caruth holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, master’s degree in public administration, and Ph.D. in adult learning and technology.

Charmaine A. Whyte has been named the inaugural director of the Office of Online Advising and Student Success at historically Black Delaware State University. She previously served the university as an assistant director of student services.

Whyte holds a master of business administration degree.

Michael Marshall has been named vice president for enrollment management and student success at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He comes to his new position from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he has served as vice president for enrollment, marketing, and communication. He previously held enrollment and student affairs positions with Clark Atlanta University and Texas Christian University.

Dr. Marshall is a graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he majored in business administration. He holds a master’s degree in liberal arts and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Texas Christian University.

Donald Palm has been selected to serve as interim vice president for advancement at historically Black Florida A&M University. For the past year, he has served the university as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president and provost at historically Black Virginia State University.

Dr. Palm received his bachelor’s degree from historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Pennsylvania State University.

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