Professional Appointments

Professional Appointments

Nicholas O. Akinkuoye has been named dean of occupational technologies for the south campus of the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. Most recently, he served as an assistant dean at Cuyahoga Community College. He received a bachelor’s from Elizabeth City State, a master’s from Texas Southern and a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Dr. Christopher I. Chalokwu has been named vice president for academic affairs and professor of physical science at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Previously Chalokwu held two vice-chancellor positions at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Chalokwu earned bachelor’s and master’s from Northeastern Illinois and a doctorate from Miami University in Ohio.

Dr. Karen Eley Sanders has been appointed director of the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence at Virginia Polytechnic and State University. She was previously director of Minority Education Services at the University of Arkansas. Sanders earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees  from Virginia State and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Robert L. Head has been named president of Urbana University in Ohio. Previously, Head was vice president of administration at Benedictine University. Head earned a bachelor’s from Defiance College and a master’s of business administration from the University of Toledo. Head will be the first African American president in the school’s 150-year history.

Alan R. Murry has been appointed director of the Student Enrollment Communications Center (SECC) at the University of South Florida. Previously, Murry was associate director of admissions and most recently acting director of the SECC. Murry earned a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Dr. Willie Pearson Jr. has been appointed chair of the School of History, Technology and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, Pearson was a professor of sociology and an adjunct professor at Wake Forest’s School of Medicine. Pearson earned a bachelor’s from Wiley College, a master’s from Atlanta University and a doctorate from Southern Illinois.



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