New Administrative Roles for 14 Women at Colleges and Universities Across the United States

Carolina Davila was appointed assistant director of the Latino Cultural Center at Yale University. She had been serving as a residence hall director at the University of Connecticut.

A native of Puerto Rico, Davila is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she majored in communication disorders. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sandra Millard was promoted to deputy University Librarian at the University of Delaware. She had been serving as associate University Librarian for public services and outreach. She has been on the staff of the library since 1987.

Dr. Millard is a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. She holds a master of library science degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.

Mary Anne Sloan was appointed vice president for healthcare at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. She is the former managing director of the Office of Corporate and Global Affairs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Sloan is a graduate of Purdue University, where she majored in nursing. She holds an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix.

Sonia Sanders was promoted to assistant vice president for public engagement and community outreach at Kentucky State University. She had been serving as executive assistant to the president of the university. She has been on the staff at the university since 2008.

Earlier in her career, Sanders was appointed by the governor of Kentucky to serve as director of motor carriers. Later she was appointed to deputy commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Registration.

Andrea Whitsett was appointed interim director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. She joined the institute in 2007 and has been serving as the associate director.

Whitsett is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in American studies. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University.

Leah F. Kemp was appointed director of the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University. The center was founded in 1979 and provides planning and design services for small communities and teaches university students to do the same.

Kemp holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Virginia Tech and a master of architecture degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Melissa Brown was named director of assessment and strategic initiatives for the Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has been serving as an assessment support specialist at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Brown holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana Tech. She is completing work on a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Sharon Marine was appointed vice president for alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago. She was vice president for development at Cornell Tech in New York. Earlier, Marine was associate dean for external relations and associate dean for development at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Marine is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she majored in history.

Alexis Mastronardi is the new senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Since 2015, she had been serving as director of athletics at Emmanuel College in Boston. She has been on the athletics staff there since 2001.

Mastronardi is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She holds master’s degrees from Boston University and Emmanuel College.

Denise Ward was appointed special assistant to the president for marketing and strategic communications at Albany State University in Georgia. She was a corporate communications manager for The Hershey Company in Pennsylvania.

Ward is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Georgia, where she majored in English. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

Patricia Hughes is the new director of athletics at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was interim athletics director and senior women’s administrator at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

Hughes is a graduate of Coker College in South Carolina, where she majored in physical education. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Montevallo.

Julie Hurbanis was named assistant vice president for marketing and communications at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the chief operating officer for World Savvy, an educational organization that works to prepare K-12 students to be global citizens.

Hurbanis is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Kim Beard was appointed assistant director of employee wellness at Oklahoma State University. She was the assistant fitness center director at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Beard is a graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, where she majored in exercise science. She holds a master’s degree in health promotion from Nebraska Methodist College.

Barbara Steadman was named major gifts officer in the Division of Institutional Advancement at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She was director of development for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.

Steadman is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where she majored in communications.


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