Professional Appointments

DR. ALISON RABIL has been named assistant vice provost at Duke University. Previously, she served as financial aid director at Barnard College. She earned a bachelor’s fromBarnard and twomaster’s degrees and a doctorate fromColumbia University.

AUSTIN ASHE has been appointed associate director of alumni and parent relations at Quinnipiac University (Conn.). Previously, he served as a residence director at Boston College. Ashe earned a bachelor’s from Quinnipiac and a master’s from Springfield College.

SUMNER HUTCHESON III has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Florida Memorial University. Previously, he served as vice president for advancement and development at Florida International University. Hutcheson earned a bachelor’s from Bethune-Cookman University and a master’s from Barry University.

DR. LAURA LEIN has been named dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. Formerly, she served as a professor of social work and anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Lein earned a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College and master’s and doctoral degrees fromHarvard University.

DR. ROOSEVELT NEWTON has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Fine Arts and a professor of music at Illinois State University. Newton earned a bachelor’s from Southern University at Baton Rouge and amaster’s and doctorate fromJohns Hopkins University.

BILL PURCELL has been named director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as founding dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University. Purcell earned a bachelor’s from Hamilton College and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

EDWARD WILLIS has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Florida A&M University. He had been special assistant to the president for community outreach and engagement at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Willis earned a bachelor’s from Montclair State University and a master’s from Rutgers University.

ADRIENNE WEBBER has been named dean of library & information services at South Carolina State University. Webber previously served as an assistant director for access services at Xavier University. She earned a bachelor’s from Southern University and A&MCollege in Baton Rouge, La., and a master’s from Clark Atlanta University.

DR. PATRICIA WITHERSPOON has been named dean of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously served as chair of UTEP’s Department of Communication. Witherspoon earned a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison



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