Ten African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Santiba Campbell has been selected to serve as interim vice president of academic affairs at Bennett College in North Carolina. She is an associate professor of psychology, holding numerous academic and administrative roles with the college over the past 12 years.

Dr. Campbell is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Delaware.

ReChard Peel has been promoted from assistant director to director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He began his career with the university in 2017 as a program coordinator in the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.

Dr. Peel is a graduate of Purdue University in Indiana, where he majored in African American studies. He holds a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana State University.

Ed Scott has been appointed senior vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Memphis. He previously served as deputy athletics director at the University of Virginia and as vice president and director of athletics at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Dr. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany in New York. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University in New York.

Cateatra Mallard has been named student activities director at Florida A&M University. She has held several student affairs and campus activities positions with Virginia State University, Radford University, Syracuse University in New York, and Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Mallard holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling with a focus on student affairs administration from Hampton University in Virginia.

Tariq Ameer has been named director of Muslim student life/Imam at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He will also serve as an associate chaplain, providing teaching, counseling, and spiritual resources to the entire Lehigh University community.

Ameer is an honors graduate of historically Black Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in business administration. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Bayan Islamic Graduate School at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Tarice L.S. Gray has been appointed executive communications director at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. She most recently served as corporate communications leader at Momentive, a multinational additives manufacturing corporation. Earlier in her career, she served as chief storyteller at Kyndryl, a information technology infrastructure services provider.

Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and a master of fine arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Terrell E. Robinson has been named vice chancellor of academic affairs at the Lake County Campus of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. He has experience in high school, community college, and university settings, most recently serving as associate dean and associate professor in the School of Business and Industrial Trades at Reynolds Community College in Virginia.

Dr. Robinson is a three-time graduate of historically Black Florida A&M University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, master of education degree, and Ph.D. in educational leadership.

Adrian Scott has been appointed vice president for university advancement at Savannah State University and executive director of the SSU Foundation. He comes to his new position from South Carolina State University, where he served as associate vice president for institutional advancement and chief development officer.

Scott is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina, where he majored in history. He holds an MBA in human resources management from Webster University in Missouri.

Jonas Owen Vanderbilt has been named vice president of student affairs at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He has experience in academic and administrative positions, most recently serving as vice president of student affairs at Houston-Tillotson University in Texas.

Dr. Vanderbilt is a three-time graduate of historically Black Southern University and A&M College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, master’s degree in educational leadership, and Ph.D. in public policy.

Leo Howell has been officially appointed vice president for information technology and chief information officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has held the role on an interim basis for the past six months. He joined Georgia Tech in 2021 as chief information security officer. Earlier in his career, he held information technology leadership positions with the University of Oregon and North Carolina State University.

Howell is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where he majored in computer science and electronics. He holds an MBA from North Carolina State University.

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