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Professional Appointments

Professional Appointments

Dr. Patricia Pierce Ramsey has been named vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.  Previously, she was associate vice president for development and associate professor at Norfolk State University. Ramsey holds a bachelor’s in biology education from Norfolk State University, a master’s in biology from Harvard University and a doctorate in biology from Georgetown University.

George Stiell has been appointed controller and assistant vice president for fiscal affairs at Bethune-Cookman College. Stiell comes to Bethune from Ernst & Young, where he was a certified public accountant and a senior auditor. Stiell holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Alabama and a master’s in accounting from Florida State University. 

Charlotte Taylor has been appointed assistant dean for multicultural affairs at the DePaul University College of Law. Taylor has a long career at DePaul, most recently on the law faculty as assistant director of the academic support program. Taylor holds a bachelor’s from Bradley University in business management and adminstration and a juris doctorate from DePaul University.

Reginald E. Gilliam Jr. has been confirmed by the Washington D.C. City Council to University of the District of Columbia’s board of trustees. Gilliam is currently a senior managing director at the Washington D.C. office of Hill & Knowlton, an international public relations and public affairs firm. Gilliam holds a bachelor’s from Lincoln University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Rhona Williams, assistant vice president for health affairs communications at the University of Florida Health Science Center, has been elected vice chair of public relations for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement. The appointment is the first for an African American. Williams holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in urban studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Dr. Louis Castenell Jr., dean of the college of education at the University of Georgia, was recently named to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a national education reform organization. Castenell previously was dean of the college of education at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Xavier University, in New Orleans, a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois.

John M. Berry,  a fellow with the vice chancellor for governmental affairs, alumni and development and the university foundation at the University of New Orleans, is a recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District IV Clarence J. Jupiter Endowed Institutional Advancement Fellowship. He also is the recipient of an Indiana University Center of Philanthropy Archives Research Fellowship Fund. Berry holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in social welfare from Southern University.

Dr. Clement Price, a professor of history and African-American history at Rutgers University, is a recipient of the New Jersey State Professor of the Year Award created by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Price holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in history from the University of Bridgeport and a doctorate in history from Rutgers University.             


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