Eight Women Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Courtney Phillips has been appointed vice president of health affairs and chief health officer at Louisiana State University. She has held numerous leadership positions in the healthcare field, including secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.

Dr. Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and master’s degree in public administration from Louisiana State University. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tara Jones has been appointed senior vice president of advancement at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. She most recently served as executive director and associate vice president for constituent development at Auburn University in Alabama.

Dr. Jones is a three-time graduate of Auburn University where she received her bachelor’s degree in international business, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration.

Pamela Richardson has been named director of parental relations for alumni affairs at Hampton University in Virginia. She most recently served as the university’s director of marketing for athletics.

Richardson is a summa cum laude graduate of Hampton University where she majored in mass media arts.

Shani L. Crayton has been selected as the permanent executive director of strategic communications and marketing at Alabama State University. She was named interim executive director in March. Prior to her new appointment, she served as the university’s director of brand and marketing.

Crayton received her bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education from Alabama State University

Diane Guido has been named associate vice president for faculty affairs and success at Sonoma State University in California. She has been serving as associate vice president for faculty affairs at California State University, Northridge. Earlier, she spent 16 years as vice provost for Azusa Pacific University in California.

Dr. Guido is a graduate of Pepperdine University in California where she majored in foreign languages. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in European history from Claremont Graduate University in California.

Caroline Ebanks has been named vice dean for research for Teachers College at Columbia University. For more than two decades, she has been with the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education, holding positions such as team lead for early childhood education and program officer for research grant programs.

Dr. Ebanks received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Cornell University.

Katrece Boyd has been named executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at North Carolina Central University. She previously served as a general business counselor with the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Boyd received her bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is currently pursing an MBA from Duke University.

Molly McKinnon has been named director of the Center for Accessibility and Disability Services at North Dakota State University. She currently serves as coordinator of the university’s transition and access program, as well as a special education teacher with Moorhead Public Schools in Minnesota.

Dr. McKinnon is a graduate of Minot State University in North Dakota where she double-majored in deaf and hard of hearing education and elementary education. She holds a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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