Three African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Toyia K. Stewart has been named vice president of human resources, people, and culture at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has over two decades of experience in human resources, currently serving as vice president and chief human resources officer for Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies and English from Dominican University in Illinois and an MBA in international business and management from Roosevelt University.

Melissa Hodge-Penn has been selected to serve as interim vice chancellor for research at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University. She has been with the university for over year, serving as the assistant vice chancellor for research. Previously, she served as assistant vice chancellor for research at the University of Mississippi for five years.

Dr. Hodge-Penn is a graduate of historically Black Grambling State University, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Liberty University in Virginia and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Christopher Small has been appointed interim executive director of Florida State University Schools, a developmental research organization at Florida State University. He has held various academic and administrative positions with Florida State University, as well as numerous K-12 schools.

Dr. Small is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas, where he majored in political science. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from Florida State University.

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