ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) Board of Regents named Marion Fedrick as president of the university on August 14, 2018.

According to an press release by the university, Fedrick has been serving as the Interim president of ASU since Jan. 12, 2018. Prior to that appointment, Fedrick served as ASU’s Interim executive vice president beginning Oct. 16, 2017.

“In my visits to Albany, I am encouraged by what I see, what I hear and what I experience,” Steve Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia said. “In meetings with faculty, staff and students, it is clear Marion’s leadership has caught their attention and made them excited for the future both for themselves and their institution. Her leadership and commitment have made a difference for this institution, and I congratulate her.”

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including ongoing improvements for students’ educational and campus experiences and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

“I have said from the beginning that I am truly inspired by what the future holds for the students, faculty and staff at Albany State,” Fedrick said. “They are passionate and have worked hard toward making this a truly innovative institution. I thank them, as well as Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents, for their belief in me and our team as we work toward that long-term success.”

Prior to Fedrick’s current role, she served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia, overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefits programs and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

Fedrick received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Council of Presidents has announced that Dr. Charles McClelland will become the sixth SWAC Commissioner in league history since the conference began in 1920.

According to an official press release, McClelland has served the past 17 plus years at the helm of two SWAC member institutions – Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Southern University since April of 2008 and the prior seven years as Athletics Director at Prairie View A&M University. McClelland will succeed the role from Edgar Grant, who has served the role of Interim Commissioner since December 31, 2017.

Chairman of the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Andrew Hugine, thanked Mr. Grant for his dutiful and steady leadership during the transition period. He further stated that the Council is looking forward to working with Mr. McClelland as SWAC charts a new course in athletic and scholarly excellence for the conference.

Among the job duties entailed, the Commissioner shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference and report to the Conference Council of Presidents & Chancellors of the member institutions. The Commissioner will work with the Council, Athletic Directors, and other key athletics administration staff of each member institution to create initiatives and strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the Conference.

“As a young person growing up in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, it’s a good feeling to be named commissioner,” said Dr. McClelland. “To have an opportunity to lead this conference in this era is overwhelming. I’ve been at Texas Southern University for 10 years and met a lot of friends. TSU is like family. I’m sad to close that chapter, but I’m excited to open a new one.”

A native of Jackson, Miss., Dr. McClelland earned his doctoral degree in higher education administration at Texas A&M University in 2001. A 1993 graduate of Prairie View A&M University, McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 1997 received an MBA from Prairie View.

McClelland’s extra-curricular affiliations include membership in the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Lambda and the National Association of Black Accountants.

McClelland is a former member of the NCAA Leadership/Management Council. One of the highest ranking councils in the NCAA, the Leadership/Management Council is responsible for establishing direct general policy, the strategic plan for the NCAA and advises the board of directors on administrative bylaws and regulations.

He is also a past president of the Houston Touchdown Club and has served on the board of directors. Previously, McClellland served as chairman of the SWAC Council of Athletics Directors, a position he had held for 10 years.

McClelland is married to Ashlee McClelland and is the father of two sons, Cainan and Ashton and one daughter, Cooper.

SUMTER, SC – Morris College has named Leroy Staggers as “president-elect” on March 29 at a special called meeting. Straggers as been serving as interim president since July 1, 2017, after succeeding former President Luns C. Richardson who retired on June 30. Morris College than announced the passing of Dr. Luns C. Richardson on January 13, 2108. He died at the age of 89 in his hometown of Hartsville, SC.

According to The Sumter Item, College Board Chairman the Rev. Mack Hines said Friday that Staggers would serve as interim president through June 30. On July 1, Staggers will officially become Morris’ new president.

Staggers has worked at Morris for 25 years since being hired in 1993. For most of that time, he was the college’s academic dean, in which capacity he supervised all academic programs at Morris, all faculty members, and academic instructional support programs, according to the college. Before arriving at Morris, Straggers served as vice president of academic affairs, associate professor of English and director of faculty development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.

Hines said he thinks Staggers is the right person for the job considering his long history with the school and that he’s a scholar with an earned Ph.D.

In its presidential search application process, Hines said 81 applicants applied for the job. The vote for Staggers was unanimous.

“The faculty knows him and respects him, and the students do, as well,” Hines said. “He also has a sensitivity to human needs, and he has an open heart for Morris College. He loves the school.”

A native of Salters in Williamsburg County, Staggers earned his bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark and received both a master’s and a doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. Also, Staggers has completed the Harvard University Institute for Education Management program, which addresses the stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their respective institutions.

As the college’s new president, Staggers will be responsible for guiding Morris through various challenges it faces.

Melinda Spaulding Chevalier

HOUSTON, TX – Fox 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding Chevalier wrapped up a 13 year career and said goodbye to television news as the Texas Southern University Board of Regents unanimously confirmed her as the new Vice President of University Advancement during their quarterly meeting on August 18. Spaulding, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will direct the university’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments.

“We are elated to have a dynamic and seasoned professional join our university,” said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “Melinda’s experiences across the public spectrum in Houston and the region will help TSU raise its profile on a national and global level. Texas Southern is honored to have her join our dedicated administration and the Tiger family.”

According to mikemcguff.com, Friends and family gathered for a goodbye party to celebrate all things Melinda at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas, on Friday, the same day the board named her to the position at TSU.

Spaulding was a member of KRIV-TV/Fox 26 news team for 13 years, co-anchoring the prime-time evening and night new broadcasts. She was a reporter and anchored morning updates at WGNO-TV, the ABC news affiliate in New Orleans. She was awarded an Emmy for Best Spot News Coverage and named Best Spot News Reporter for her work at WGNO by the regional Associated Press. Spaulding started her journalism career in New York as a member of the launch team for Entertainment Weekly Online and as the first editor-in-chief of Essence Online. She went on to become a writer and morning news producer at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, winning the Best News Writing award from the regional Associated Press, according to a press release from the university.

“It was a pleasure to have her working here, watch her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman who became one of our anchors, but also it’s wonderful to know she cam her to Houston not only to grow her career, but also meet her husband, Felix, and has two lovely children at this point.” said station VP/General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel.

Spaulding is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of Howard University. She is a former board member of Family Houston and served on the advisory board for Pro Vision, Inc., an open-enrollment charter middle and high school in the Sunnyside community. She started the Dream Journal Academy to provide journals to area school children so they can write about their passions and dreams to bolster their education and personal aspirations.

Spaulding and her husband, Felix Chevalier, are the proud parents of a daughter, Landon and a son, Felix, II.