Seven Women Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Rin-rin Yu was appointed editor-in-chief in the Office of University Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In this role, she will be in charge of Howard Magazine and other media outlets. For the past five years, she managed Silver Media Group, a strategic communications consultancy that she co-founded. She began her journalism career at ABC News in New York.

Yu is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in environmental science. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Dasha Lundy has been named chief operating officer at Knoxville College in Tennessee. Since 2018, the college has only offered classes online. Dr. Lundy has been serving as vice chair of the board of trustees.

Dr. Lundy received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She also holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Tennessee State University.

Janet Wormack is the new vice president of administration and finance at Salisbury University in Maryland. She was senior vice chancellor for administration and finance, and chief financial officer at Houston Community College in Texas.

Dr. Wormack is a graduate of Arizona State University. She holds a master’s degree from Bowie State University in Maryland and a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Raquel Esteves-Joyce, the assistant dean of first-generation low-income student support and programming at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, was given the added duties of interim co-chief diversity officer. She joined the staff at the college eight years ago.

Dr. Esteves-Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology and an educational doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a master’s degree in multicultural education from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

May Hong HaDuong, who has served in the film archiving world for more than 15 years, has been appointed director of the Film & Television Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles, the world’s largest university-held collection of motion pictures and broadcast programming. HaDuong will become the fourth director in the organization’s 55-year history and the first woman and person of color to lead the archive, which is a division of UCLA Library. She has been serving as senior manager of public access at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A native of Wisconsin, HaDuong earned a bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in moving image archive studies from UCLA.

Shruti Desai will be the next associate vice president of student affairs for campus life at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She will begin her new job on March 15. She has been serving as chief of staff at The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Desai is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in education from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Dawn Meza Soufleris has been selected as the next vice president for student development and campus life at Montclair State University in New Jersey, effective April 5, 2021. Dr. Soufleris currently serves as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and as deputy Title IX coordinator at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Before joining La Salle, she spent 25 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she rose to the position of associate vice president for student affairs.

Dr. Soufleris earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in secondary education from Binghamton University in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System.

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