Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointment of Seven Women to Administrative Posts

Lizzie Smith is the inaugural director of the Safe Zone Resource Center at the University of Alabama. In addition to being an LGBTQ advocacy and resource center, Safe Zone provides educational outreach, crisis intervention, and student, faculty, and staff programming surrounding LGBTQ issues. Dr. Smith was previously the student engagement coordinator at the Women and Gender Resource Center at the university.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Arkansas, a master’s degree in English from the University of Memphis, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

Samantha Rogers has been named director of student financial aid for Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She has been serving as assistant director of student financial aid at Vanderbilt. She joined the staff at the university in 2015 after serving as assistant director of financial aid at Belmont University in Nashville.

Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Tennessee State University.

Suzanne  Caccamese is the new medical director at the Towson University Health Center in Maryland. She has been serving at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Group as a primary care doctor with a focus on internal medicine.

Dr. Caccamese graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received her medical degree from the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University.

Carolyn Carter was appointed vice president of institutional advancement, marketing, and communications at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the chief development officer for the Wayne County Community College District in Michigan.

Dr. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in instructional design from Ashford University. She earned a master’s degree in history from the American Public University System and a doctorate in community college leadership from Kansas State University.

Madelyn Jones has been named the first director of employer relations for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Jones began working as a career counselor in the College of Education and Health Professions in 2018.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in social work and a master’s degree in student affairs and college counseling from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

Demitria Kirby is the new director of public safety at Middlebury College in Vermont. Most recently, she served as the youth services manager for the city of Keene, New Hampshire.

Kirby is a graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire, where she majored in psychology. She earned an MBA at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.

Christa Shields has been named vice president of advancement at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She was vice president for development for Special Olympics Wisconsin, where she successfully raised more than $5.3 million over the last two years.

Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

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