Professional Appointments


Francene Gilmer has been appointed director of the Vanderbilt University Career Center. Before the appointment, she was associate director of the center. Gilmer earned a bachelor’s degree in community health education from Western Kentucky University; and a master’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University.

Dr. Mynora J. Bryant has been named coordinator of counseling at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale campus. Bryant has served at NOVA eight years as a counselor and as acting dean of student development.  She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling from Howard University and a doctorate in higher education administration, international education, and cross-cultural counseling from George Washington University.

Jonathan Lightfoot has been promoted to associate vice chancellor of student services for the City Colleges of Chicago. He was director of academic support services for the Harry Truman College campus. Lightfoot earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University; and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Harvard University.

Gerald D. Shields is the new vice president for administrative and financial affairs at Wilberforce University in Ohio. He was promoted from his position as senior accountant/controller. Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Pacific Western University. He is also a graduate of Command General Staff College and the Ohio Military Academy for Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.

Sunni Green Tolbert has been named associate dean and director of multicultural affairs at Haverford College. Previously, she was director of training and development for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. Tolbert earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bennett College; and a master’s degree in education from New York University.


Gladys Brown has been named associate director of the American Council of Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education. Previously, she was director of the Office of Human Relations Programs at the University of Maryland. Brown earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of Baltimore; a bachelor’s degree in education from Morgan State University; and law degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Loree Jones has been appointed executive director of the African Studies Association, the largest scholarly association for the study of Africa in the world. Jones has been an instructor on Africa in the department of sociology at Rider University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history magna cum laude from Spelman College; and a master’s degree concentrating in 20th century African and African American history from Princeton University.

Dr. Luns C. Richardson, president of Morris College, was elected to be the 1999-2000 chairman of the South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission. The program is funded through an annual appropriation by the South Carolina General Assembly and is administered by the commission. Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English from Benedict College (SC); a master’s degree in higher education administration from Columbia University; and three honorary doctorates from Benedict, Coker, and Morris colleges.

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