Professional Appointments

Professional Appointments

Dr. Gilbert Casterlow has been named assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of summer sessions and outreach at North Carolina A&T State University. Previously, he served as interim in the position. Casterlow earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

Rodney T. Cohen has been appointed as director of development at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Cohen has more than 10 years of professional experience in higher education including appointments at the University of Notre Dame and Cambridge University in England. Cohen earned a bachelor’s degree from Clark College (now Clark-Atlanta) and a master’s from Western Kentucky University.
Roland H. Gaines has been named the new vice chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University. Most recently, Gaines served as NCCU interim vice chancellor of student affairs and director of enrollment management. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University.
Dr. Marilyn Mobley McKenzie has been appointed associate provost for educational programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. McKenzie is an associate professor of English and founder of the African American Studies program at George Mason. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, a master’s from New York University and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Benjamin D. Reese Jr. has been selected to become Duke University’s vice president for institutional equity. Previously, Reese was assistant vice president in the office of institutional equity. Reese earned an associate’s degree from Bronx Community College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the City College of New York, and a doctorate from Rutgers University.
Dr. W. Eric Thomas has been named provost/vice president for academic affairs at Virginia State University. Thomas comes to Virginia State from Illinois State University, where he was associate vice president for undergraduate studies. Thomas earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and a doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.



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