Thirteen Women Who Have Been Assigned New Administrative Roles at Colleges and Universities

Denise Beautreau was promoted to director of student access and success at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has been the director of the chemistry lab at the university since 2013. Earlier, Beautreau was a lab manager a Mercy College in the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Beautreau is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she majored in biochemistry. She earned a master’s degree in chemistry at Long Island University in New York and a master’s degree in occupational safety and health-environmental management from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Wendy Duerfeldt Schutte was appointed director of academic budget at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She was the assistant dean of business and finance and chief operations officer at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Duerfeldt Schutte is a graduate of Peru State College in Nebraska, where she majored in business administration. She earned a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ida Gibson is the inaugural chief diversity officer at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Prior to joining Daemen College, Dr. Gibson was director of grants management in the Office of the City Administrator for the District of Columbia government.

Dr. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she majored in communication. She holds a master of public administration degree from Savannah State University in Georgia and a doctorate in higher education administration from Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Dawn Zimmer has joined Virginia Tech as the new executive director for Information Technology Experience and Engagement in the Division of Information Technology. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she served as director for business partnership services at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Zimmer received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Ramapo College in New Jersey.

Piper Mitchell has been appointed assistant university legal counsel for North Carolina Central University in Durham. She was associate general counsel for Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia. Earlier, she was associate general counsel for student and faculty affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in public policy. She holds a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from Howard University.

Nicole Haas was appointed chief of staff to the president of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, effective February 24. Most recently, Haas served as the chief of staff to the president and executive director of governmental and external affairs at Brooklyn College.

Prior to Brooklyn College, Haas held positions with the City University of New York and the New York Public Interest Research Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.

Patricia Franklin was named associate vice president for human resource operations at Pennsylvania State University, effective, March 1. She has been serving as the chief of staff to the vice president of human resources at the University of Minnesota.

Franklin is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned a juris doctorate at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Ohio.

Chotsani West is the executive director of diversity and inclusion at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She will continue to oversee student mentoring services at the university. West joined the staff at Adelphia University in 2014.

West holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and technology at Adelphi University and is presently working on a doctorate in educational leadership for diverse learning communities at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York.

Jennifer Jiries was named director of the Campus Assault Resources and Education Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously worked for the Los Angeles LGBT Center and trained at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Jiries is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a master of social work degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Taya Jackson Scott was appointed vice dean of the School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has responsibility to oversee finance, human resources, instructional and information systems, strategic analysis, and other areas. Dr. Scott was chief administrative officer and chief of staff at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Scott is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in economics. She holds an MBA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and an educational doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.

Megan Swezey Fogarty will be the inaugural associate vice president for community engagement at Stanford University, effective March 1. She has been serving as deputy executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford.

Fogarty, who is both a Stanford graduate and parent, has worked for the university on and off since the late 1980s.

Dahlia Hylton was appointed director of Black student development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, she was director of multicultural student programs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Dr. Hylton holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a master’s degree in adult education, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, all from Auburn University in Alabama. She also earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Troy University in Alabama.

Mandy Marney is the new associate director of University of Wyoming Extension. She previously served as a district director for research and extension at Kansas State University. Before that, she was a program director at the University of Missouri’s Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dr. Marney holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, a master’s degree in environment and behavior, and a PhD. in human environmental sciences, all from the University of Missouri.


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