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Professional Appointments

Elizabeth Chen has become the sixth president of the New England College of Optometry. She is the founding CEO of Marathon Biopharmaceuticals and the head of Circe Biomedical. Chen earned a bachelor’s from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Booker T. Anthony has been named president of the College Language Association. He is currently an associate professor of English at Fayetteville State University (N.C.). Anthony earned a bachelor’s from St. Augustine’s College, and a master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University.


Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., has been named the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor at Harvard University (Mass.). He is director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. Gates earned a bachelor’s from Yale University, and a master’s and doctorate from Clare College, Cambridge.


Angela Y. Getter has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Albany State University (Ga.) She had most recently been associate vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Clark Atlanta University. Getter holds a bachelor’s from Morris Brown College.


Dr. Courtney H. Lyder has been selected to chair the University of Virginia’s President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and will be director for diversity initiatives for UVa’s Medical Center and School of Nursing. He earned a joint degree from Beloit College and a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from Rush University College of Nursing.


Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh has been named dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University. He had served in an interim capacity. Marsh holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Tuskegee University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Libby V. Morris has been named director of the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. She had been a professor and graduate coordinator at the institute. Morris earned a bachelor’s from UGA and a  master’s and doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Dr. E. Douglas Rigney has been appointed vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He had been serving in an interim role. Rigney earned two bachelor’s, a master’s and a doctorate at UAB.


Luz Torres has been appointed registrar at Manhattan College (N.Y.). She had served in a similar position at Marymount Manhattan College. Torres holds a bachelor’s from Fordham University and a master’s from Baruch College.


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