Colleges and Universities That Have Appointed 10 Women to New Administrative Positions

Mary Anne Alhadeff is the new executive director of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University. She is the former CEO of Dallas-based North Texas Public Broadcasting. Earlier, she was CEO of Maine Public Broadcasting.

Alhadeff is a graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she majored in education and French studies.

Andrea George was promoted to director of environmental health and safety at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She has been serving as director of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. Dr. George joined the staff at the university 22 years ago.

Dr. George is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she majored in physics and mathematics. She holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Toni Sims-Muhammad was promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. Since joining Allen University in 2017, Sims-Muhammad has served as chair of the social science department.

Dr. Sims-Muhammad is a graduate of the University of Louisiana, Monroe, where she majored in sociology. She received a master’s degree in social science and sociology from Grambling State University in Louisiana and a doctoral degree in African American studies from Clark Atlanta University.

Heather Daniels will be the next secretary of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2013, she has served as secretary of the academic staff. Prior to that, she was a senior administrative program specialist in the Research Division of the Graduate School.

Daniels is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned a master’s degree in biology at Boston University and a master of library science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Maria Ramirez has recently been appointed assistant director of faculty development and diversity at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She previously served as a senior student advisor at NYU and as coordinator of pre-college programs at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Ramirez is a graduate of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where she majored in history. She earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at New York University.

Wendy Parsons has been named vice president of advancement at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Parsons was associate vice president of development at Monmouth University in West Long Branch in New Jersey. Earlier she held executive-level fundraising posts at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Parsons holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master’s degree from Stanford University.

Mary-Ann Ibeziako is the new assistant vice president for utilities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She joins Virginia Tech from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of engineering and energy. Earlier, Ibeziako was director of energy services and sustainability at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Ibeziako holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland State University. She earned an MBA at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Debbie Goldstein will become the new executive director of the North Carolina Leadership Forum. The forum, a program of the Office of the Provost at Duke University, provides a venue for civic, business and political leaders from across North Carolina to discuss issues central to the future of the state, such as jobs, education, and energy. Goldstein previously served as executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy organization based in North Carolina.

Goldstein is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Harvard Law School.

Shelly Castaneda is the new executive director of college safety at Bakersfield College in California. She is the former chief deputy of the Kern County Sheriff’s office.

Castaneda is a graduate of Bakersfield College, where she majored in criminal justice. She holds a master of public administration degree from California State University, Bakersfield.

Jamina Scippio-McFadden was named director of the University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield. She has served as interim director for the past year. Scippio-McFadden joined the UMass Center in 2014 as the director of marketing and community relations, student services, and academic support.

Scippio-McFadden received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She earned a master’s degree in communications from the University of Florida and is currently a doctoral candidate in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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