Nine New Administrative Appointments of Women in Higher Education

Colleen J. McCormick was named director of the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has served at IUPUI’s Regenstrief Institute of biomedical informatics research and in the department of environmental health and safety.

McCormick is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a master of public health degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Stephanie Owens was appointed director of the Cornell Council for the Arts. Owens has been at Cornell since 2008 as a visiting assistant professor of art in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Owens is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ursula Olender is the new director of the Career Center and associate dean of students at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She was director of career services at Colgate University.

A graduate of Greenville College, she holds a master’s degree in counseling from Springfield College.

Nakita Cropper is the new director of the Drug Information Center at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. The center was created to provide information on drugs to the public and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Cropper holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacy from Howard University.

Judy Lucas Wilson was named director of the Upward Bound program at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She was the director of youth programs at the YWCA.

Wilson is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University.

Dena Seidel is the new director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking. Since 2007, she has taught at the Rutgers University Writers House.

Seidel is an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentaries have appeared on HBO, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic channel.

Noor Azizan-Gardner was appointed interim chief diversity officer at the University of Missouri. She has been serving as director of diversity programming and professional development of the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at the university.

Azizan-Gardner holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Missouri.

Nina S. Driver was named program manager at the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Driver has served in the Peace Corps.

Driver recently completed her master’s degree in international business at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Linda A. Jackson, professor of psychology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, was named the faculty greivance official at the university. Dr. Jackson has been on the Michigan State faculty since 1981.

Dr. Jackson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University. She earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Rochester.


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