Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

During AASCU’s Annual meeting in Clearwater, Florida this week, Chancellor Dixon was one of a number of university chancellors and presidents named to the board for this three-year appointment.

“This is a great honor to be named to the board of directors. I look forward to the work we will accomplish collectively advocating for higher education institutions in our country,” said Chancellor Dixon.

Prior to becoming ECSU’s 12th chief executive officer, Chancellor Dixon has served as a senior administrator at the UNC System Office since 2008. In 2014, she was named vice president for academic and student affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the Division of Academic and Student Affairs for the System’s 17 institutions.

Chancellor Dixon is a recent recipient of one of North Carolina’s highest honors, The Old North State Award, for her dedication to higher education. In 2020, she was named “One of the 10 Most Dominant HBCU Leaders,” by the HBCU Campaign Fund, and appointed to the National Women in Aviation Advisory Board.

Since being named ECSU’s chancellor in 2018, she has led the push for campus-wide revitalization and renovation projects, consistent enrollment growth, numerous public and private partnerships, and successfully navigated the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AASCU is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning-and-teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.

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PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has announced today that Chris Robinson, Interim Director of Athletics, has been appointed as Athletics Director effective immediately. Robinson has served as Interim Director of the Athletics Department since Chris Peterson retired in February.

Chirs Robinson, Director of Athletics.

Since moving to the Athletics Department at UAPB, AD Robinson has had success working to improve all facets of the operation for the benefits of the student athletes. In addition to earning the very strong endorsement of the AD Search Committee, he also enjoys the widespread enthusiastic support of the staff, the alumni and key stakeholders.

Prior to serving as Interim Athletics Director, Robinson served as Executive Associate Athletics Directors. Prior to moving to athletics department administration in January 2020, Robinson served for 8 years as director of the Office of Recruitment.

When he rejoined the UAPB Athletics Department, he returned to the place where he enjoyed success as a football player and coach for the Golden Lions. After playing for the legendary Archie “The Gunslinger” Cooley, he transferred to Southern University, playing quarterback for one season. As the UAPB football program returned to play in 1993, he returned to lead the Golden Lions to the 1994 NAIA National Championship Game, highlighted by a seven-touchdown (six passing / one rushing) performance in a come-from-behind overtime semifinal win.

Before returning to UAPB as an assistant coach, he coached quarterbacks and running backs at Mid-American Nazarene University. While also serving as assistant softball coach, and as the school’s Director of Minority Affairs.

A 2014 UAPB Sports Hall of Fame inductee, he earned his bachelor’s degree in management from UAPB, and a master’s degree in business administration from Mid-America Nazarene University.

“On behalf of UAPB, we appreciate the continued support of our students, employees, alumni, and friends as we strive to reach our ultimate goal of achieving success in both athletics and scholarships,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “Please join me in congratulating Robinson on his appointment as Director of Athletics. Go Lions!”

About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings, and stellar faculty. For more than 140 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that emphasizes learning, growth, and productivity while affording a basic need to its students: a chance to advance. UAPB offers certificate and associate degree programs, more than 40 undergraduate and master’s degree programs, and a doctoral program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, including an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South Band, concert bands, wind symphony, and an accomplished athletics program. For more information, visit www.uapb.edu.

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DALLAS, TX – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, as the next Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors. Sorrell follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Jeanne Witman Bobbitt, who served as Chair since 2019.

Sorrell began his tenure on The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors in 2015, and is an active member of its Community Philanthropy Committee. With half a decade of experience serving the organization, Sorrell will lead the 16 members of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors in building on the strategic plan adopted in 2019 and overseeing the governance of the Foundation’s funds.

“The Dallas Foundation is thrilled to have Michael lead our next era of impact as we work to reduce intergenerational poverty and make Dallas a brighter and more equitable community,” said Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Michael brings a distinguished track record of success on issues facing Dallas and we look forward to his thought partnership and board leadership as we build a community where everyone can thrive.”

“Reducing intergeneratonal poverty by investing in the earliest years of child’s life will yield dividends for future generations and ensure that Dallas becomes an opportunity rich community for all of our neighbors,” said Dr. Sorrell. “This is important work and I am honored to serve as Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors as we focus on one of the most pressing issues facing our community today.”

Sorrell is a demonstrated and well-known leader in Dallas and is the longest-serving President in the history of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the institution has became nationally recognized as one of the most innovative colleges in the country and is renowned for its efforts to remake higher education to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. Sorrell has received numerous awards for his dedication to education, the City of Dallas, and the legal community. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”), J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and his B.A. in Government from Oberlin College.

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About The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2019, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $70 million into the community. For more information, visit www.dallasfoundation.org.

CHICAGO, IL (April 1, 2021) – Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation, education and research, announces the election of six new senior executives to the aquarium’s Board of Trustees which includes Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Chicago State University President.

Zaldwaynaka Scott, president of Chicago State University.

“The dynamic group of leaders brings years of economic, cultural, social and community contributions that will bring great value not only to Shedd’s role in the healing and recovery of Chicago but also to informing and strengthening our future ambitions,” said Brain A. Kenney, chairman, president and CEO of GATX Corporation and Shedd Aquarium Board Chairman.

Scott serves as the President of Chicago State University as of 2018 and is considered a thought leader on issues of equity and access in higher education. In her time as President, she has overseen the development and advancement of student success initiatives, developed and implemented a five-year strategic plan and created a statewide, cross-sector Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois’ Higher Education.

“Shedd Aquarium’s Board of Trustees is generous in so many ways, providing hard work, ideas, resources and connections that translate to meaningful and lasting impacts for Shedd and for Chicago,” said Bridget Coughlin PhD, president and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. “We are thrilled to usher in new insights and contributions from six tremendous leaders, who are also passionate about animals and saving this blue planet.”

Shedd is governed by the Shedd Aquarium Society, composed of volunteer corporate, civic and community leaders that make up the Board of Trustees with the primary responsibility for governance oversight and fiduciary accountability, as outlined in the Society bylaws. The board provides strategic direction for institutional priorities through work in both governance and programmatic committees.

About Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium connects nature lovers and animal enthusiast with the aquatic animal world. Beluga encounters, beach clean-ups and 360 virtual dives with Caribbean reef sharks are all tools that deepen connections with wildlife and work toward this vision. For more information, visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

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(DOVER, Del.) – President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have named Delaware State University President Tony Allen to serve as the Chief Executive Officer to lead the four-member Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) that will organize the activities surrounding the Jan. 20 swearing ceremonies in Washington D.C.

Dr. Allen has known the President-elect and his family for 25 years – four years of which he served as a special assistant and speechwriter for then-U.S. Senator Biden in the late 1990s. The Delaware State University President said he is deeply humbled to help organize the historic inauguration “of a good and decent patriot” during an unprecedented time in the country’s history.

“As the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden alongside Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be elected Vice President of the United States, will work hard for all Americans and lead us toward our nation’s highest calling – ‘ a more perfect union,'” said Dr. Allen. “This year’s inauguration will look different amid the pandemic, but we will honor the American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country will keeping everybody healthy and safe.”

According to the Nov. 30 Announcement, also named on the PIC were:

  • Maju Varghese, Executive Director – the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Advisor on the Biden-Harris campaign from the primaries through the general who oversaw the campaign’s day-to-day operations and led the entire campaign through an unprecedented shift to remote working. He previously served in the Obama White House in various roles, including Assistant to the President for Management and Administration and Deputy Director of Advance.
  • Erin Wilson, Deputy Executive Director – the Biden-Harris campaign’s National Political Director throughout the primary and general elections, who was the senior staff member responsible for relationships with hundreds of elected officials and leaders across the country. Previously, Wilson was a senior aide in Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey’s office, most recently serving as his State Director and Senior Advisor to his 2018 reelection.
  • Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela – one of Joe Biden’s earliest elected supporters, endorsing him the day he announced his campaign. Sen. Cancela was a senior advisor in Nevada during the primary election, helping steer Biden’s comeback, as well as in the general election to secure another victory in the Silver State.

Additionally, the PIC is also unveiling its website BidenInaugural.org, which includes a web store with exclusive inaugural merchandise and collectable. The PIC is also launching its social media presence on Instagram and Twitter under the handle @Inauguration46 where Americas can visit for the latest news and information about the inauguration.

The PIC will work closely with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) to coordinate all activities surrounding the 59th inaugural ceremonies, prioritizing keeping people safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 while engaging all Americans.

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Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D.

Baltimore, MD – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., as the next president of Coppin State University beginning May 26, 2020, according to the University.

Dr. Jenkins has served as President of West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically Black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., since July 2016. He will succeed Maria Thompson, who was appointed to the CSU presidency in 2015 and announced in January that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Mickey Burnim has been leading the institution as interim president since Dr. Thompson stepped down.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jenkins as president of Coppin State University,” said Linda Gooden, USM Board of Regents Chair. “He has demonstrated a clear track record of success on the West Virginia State campus – especially impressive are the global partnerships he has established with higher education institutions in areas such as Africa, Mexico, and the People’s Republic of China. The USM board is delighted to have such an accomplished leader to guide Coppin. This appointment is a critical one, not just for the University System of Maryland but for the greater Baltimore region and beyond. Coppin State University is a vital institution in the City of Baltimore and our state.”

Under President Jenkins’ leadership, WVSU has experience enrollment growth at the undergraduate, graduate, and online levels. He fostered this growth through the university’s first nursing and engineering programs, the “WVSU Loyalty Program” and the “Straight 2 STATE” initiative. These innovative programs promoted partnerships with state high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges to boost enrollment. To bolster student success, Dr. Jenkins created the “Yellow Jacket Bridge to Success Program” and the “Registration Celebration” initiative, driving WVSU’s retention rate to a five-year high.

Dr. Jenkins begin his path to higher education first as a United State Army veteran and first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University. His higher education administrative experience includes services at institutions such as UNC-Wilmington, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the University of Central Florida.

“I am honored that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed me to be the next president of Coppin State University,” said Jenkins. “This is an exciting opportunity to guide a university with a strong legacy and do so at an important time for the City of Baltimore, where Coppin is so integral to the city’s continued vibrancy and success.”

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About Coppin State University

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development. For more information, visit www.coppin.edu.

Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr. appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at DTC.

DENMARK, S.C. – Denmark Technical College announces the hiring of Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., as Vice President of academic affairs and student services, effective July 29.

In this role, he will oversee both the academic programming as well as the student experience within the college. Todd formerly served as the provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Wiley College.

Todd’s interest in coming to DTC was a result of his commitment to working with HBCU students to make a difference in their lives. He also saw the racially and culturally diverse mix of rural and urban students that DTC services as an exciting opportunity.

“I chose Denmark Tech as my new home because I support the mission and vision of the college. I understand the impact that schools like DTC have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them to lead locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Todd.

Todd has extensive record in higher education, including vice provost and associate vice provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; executive director of student affairs, director of leadership and student development, undergraduate program coordinator and professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.; adjunct professor at Georgia State a university at Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.; adjunct professor at Dalton College, and director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of education in English Education both from Albany State University; a master of education in higher education administration (student affairs’ concentration) from Regent University; and a doctor of philosophy in English from Georgia State University.

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About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

Dr. Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D., appointed as the next Chair of the Board of Directors at HBCU Campaign Fund.

CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2019) – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D, as the next Chair of the HCF Board of Directors.

Dr. Brown joined the Board as a member on December 1, 2017. He succeeds Demetrius Johnson Jr., who served as interim Chair of the Board since 2015 and will continue to assume his duties as President and CEO of the organization.

A passionate executive leader in higher education, Dr. Brown has over 15 years of stellar organizational leadership and brings experience in board governance to HCF. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Miami Regional University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Santarvis Brown as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I am sincerely confident that he will lead growth for our Board at HCF,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “He is an experienced leader and dedicated member of our organization who brings with him tremendous leadership and governance skills that will prove invaluable as we continue to move forward as an organization to campaign for HBCUs.”

Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Florida Memorial University; A Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University; A Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University; A Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Administration from California Coast University. He also serves as the pastor of St. Stephens AME Church in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Additionally, Dr. Brown serves with the Miami Dade County Community Action Agency Board and the Nuisance Abatement Board of Miami Gardens. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

Dr. Jarrus Hardrick earned the permanent post after serving as interim president since July 2018.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FMU’s Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jaffus Hardrick as its 14th president, effective immediately. The Board originally tapped Hardrick to serve as interim president in July 2018. During the institution’s annual Founders’ Day observance, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert, III boldly declared, “Something is happening at Florida Memorial University. There is new energy and it is exciting.”

The same sentiments have been shared by many key leaders throughout South Florida and the country. Many have expressed support for and have endorsed Hardrick as the right leader for FMU.

“Dr. Hardrick is an ambitious and visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success and academic excellence throughout his career,” said Attorney JoLinda Herring, chair of FMU’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience and we want to continue the momentum. It is truly a new day at FMU.”

According to a press release by the University, an award-winning academic executive, Hardrick comes to South Florida’s only historically black university with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. He worked for more than ten years at Florida International University (FIU) where he served as vice provost for Access and Success and vice president of Human Resources. Under Hardick’s leadership, FIU earned national recognition from Forbes, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other organizations. Prior to FMU, he worked at Baylor University for twelve years serving as assistant provost for Academic Affairs and vice president of Human Resources.

“I thank God for the opportunity to serve and lead FMU to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence. Under my leadership, FMU will be fully integrated into the greater community and focus on preparing students to compete in the global marketplace, transition to rigorous graduate and professional schools, or develop their own enterprises,” said President Hardrick. “Our five strategic principles will help us continue to transform ourselves and our community.”

“A healthy and prosperous FMU is good for our diverse student body and great for this community. We cannot do this work alone. I am inviting the entire community to support our students and help us close the resource gaps that create barriers to graduation.”

Since assuming the role as FMU’s interim president, the Hardrick Administration has accomplished the following, among other things, which has made a difference:

  • Expanded donor pool and raised more than $1.7 million in less than a year;
  • Hosted 50th anniversary gala celebrating FMU’s five decades in South Florida;
  • Secured a partnership with CareerSource South Florida to established a career services center;
  • Expanded micro-credential and vocational opportunities;
  • Approved the development of two healthcare-oriented degree programs;
  • Strengthened FMU’s Division of Academic Affairs and the university’s student engagement infrastructure; and
  • Expanded student internship opportunities with various city and federal agencies.

Hardrick is an HBCU alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a master’s in Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a board member of the Florida Education Fund, Inc., and is an active participant in several other organizations. His scholarship has been published in the Association of Public and Land-Grant University, Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is also co-author of Making Global learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus).

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ABOUT FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically black institution that offers 28 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide an academic education solid foundation built upon the pillars of leadership, character, and service. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. For more information, visit www.fmuniv.edu.

Dr. Gaddis Faulcon pictured as Interim President of Shaw University at the time.

RALEIGH, NC – The Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s University announced the appointment of Dr. Gaddis Faulcon as the interim president for the University on Tuesday, March 12. This appointment is effective immediately. This decision coincides with the beginning of former President Everett Ward’s retirement.

“At this time of significant positive momentum surrounding the next phase of the University evolution, the Board of Trustees has determined there is a need to launch the formal transition and search process for the new President,” said Hilton Smith, Board of Trustees Chairman. “We are pleased that Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, our 1974 alumnus, has agreed to lead our transition team. He brings the passion and previous experience serving in this pivotal role.”

Faulcon recently served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at Saint Augustine’s University. He also led Shaw University as its interim president from 2014 to 2015. Faulcon, who joined the faculty at Shaw in 1998, has 30 years of experience in higher education and has previously served in several administrative roles. In addition to his roles at Saint Augustine’s and Shaw University, he served as acting executive director for Northeastern North Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. at Elizabeth City State University.

Faulcon earned a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education from Saint Augustine’s University; an M.R.R/M.P.A. in recreation resources management and public administration; and an Ed.D. in higher education and public administration both from North Carolina State University.

“I am truly honored to be asked to lead my alma mater at this crucial time in our 152-year history and look forward to working with all those who are committed to writing our next great chapter together,” said Faulcon.

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