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Dr. Latitia McCane Hill (Cohort 9)

June 28th, 2019 by ephd

APRIL 7, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) reports that Latitia D. McCane has been named director of education for the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding.

McCane is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and strategic direction of craft training, academic delivery, student services, accreditation and recruitment for the school, which provides high quality, comprehensive four-to eight-year apprentice programs for approximately 800 students.

Since 1919, the school has produced more than 10,000 graduates. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

McCane will report to Ray Bagley, Newport News' vice president of trades operations.

"Latitia comes to us at an important time in our company's history when we are focused on people and technology—transforming the way we do business," Bagley said. "Given Latitia's wealth of experience, I'm confident that she will play an integral role in helping prepare our shipbuilders for the future. We are fortunate to have Latitia on our team."

Since 2007, McCane has held several leadership positions at Bishop State Community College, a two-year public institution with an enrollment of 3,400 students in Mobile, AL. She most recently served as dean of instructional services and was responsible for all academic programs across the four campuses. She also was associate dean of instruction at Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama.

McCane earned doctoral degrees in urban higher education administration and education administration from Jackson State University and Lacrosse University, respectively. She also holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in organic chemistry and chemistry from the University of Alabama, Texas Southern University and Alabama State University.

The Apprentice School accepts about 225 apprentices per year. The school offers four- to eight-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 19 trades and eight optional advanced programs. Apprentices work a 40-hour week and are paid for all work, including time spent in academic classes. Through partnerships with Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University, the Apprentice School's academic program provides the opportunity to earn associate degrees in business administration, engineering and engineering technology and bachelor's degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering.

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Clark Atlanta University announced Wednesday that George T. French Jr., the current president of Miles College, will become its next president.

French has been president of the historically black liberal arts college, located in Fairfield, Ala., since 2006. He replaces Ronald Johnson, who resigned in December. Lucille Maugé, CAU’s chief operating officer, has been serving as interim president and will continue to do so until French arrives in September.

“I am thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to lead another great institution and serve as the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University,” French said in a statement. “CAU has strong faculty, students and academics. I’m optimistic about the University’s next stage of growth and eager to build on the strong foundation CAU has established.”

French, a native of Louisville, Ky., has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, a law degree from Miles Law School and a doctoral degree in higher education from Jackson State University. 

Miles College has 1,600 students and a six-year graduation rate of about 20%, federal statistics show. About 90% of its students receive Pell Grants, federal funding given to students based on financial need.

Clark Atlanta officials cited French’s fundraising background, noting he surpassed prior records at Miles College, among the reasons he was hired. They also said French increased student access to educational funding and doubled the size of the existing campus with several key land acquisitions.

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Larissa.Stieb.LittletonDr. Larissa Littleton-Steib was unanimously selected as the chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors. Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president, made the recommendation to the board during its monthly meeting. The recommendation was made after a comprehensive and competitive national search that included on campus interviews and public forums with students, faculty and staff, and community members.  Littleton-Steib's appointment is effective January 2, 2017.

"On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I want to congratulate Dr. Littleton-Steib on her selection as the new chancellor of BRCC," said Mickey Murphy, LCTCS board supervisor and chair of the search committee.  "We were impressed by the knowledge and experiences of each finalist.  After a thorough vetting process, we believe Dr. Littleton-Steib is the perfect fit for the students, the college and the community it serves and she will continue leading our efforts to deliver world class academic and workforce training."

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Tonjanita JohnsonDr. Tonja Johnson
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Tonjanita (Tonja) L. Johnson was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Tennessee System on October 14, 2016. In this capacity, she has primary responsibility for assisting the President in maximizing the System’s operating performance and achieving its strategic goals and objectives.

Currently, Johnson’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the System’s strategic plan, initiating and managing strategic alliances, participating in the development of operating and capital budgets and providing executive oversight for five system-level offices, including: academic affairs and student success, communications and marketing, facilities planning and capital projects, human resources, and institutional research.

Johnson has served as a cabinet-level administrator for more than 15 years, working directly with and reporting to the institution’s president and serving as a trusted advisor. Her professional experiences have been focused on high-level organizational and operational activities and broad-based strategic communications and marketing efforts.

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Kevin WilliamsThe University of the Virgin Islands is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin L. Williams as its new Vice Provost for Access and Enrollment Services.  Dr. Williams comes to UVI having served in leadership roles in enrollment management, admissions, retention and diversity – most recently at Talladega College in Alabama, but also at Mississippi Valley State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Ross University and others. 

I was a finalist for this position three years ago,” said Dr. Williams, who has been following UVI closely through the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to which he has devoted his career.  “So when it came up again I was excited, and very happy now that it all came together.  I’m feeling great about the team, the support I’ve received since I got here, and making the adjustment to island life.  It’s wonderful to wake up every morning feeling enthusiastic about what the day will bring.”

Dr. Williams’ primary focus will be on expanding the population of territory, stateside and international students enrolling at UVI through marketing, branding, outreach, and staff development.  In an effort to expand awareness and interest of students attending the University, Williams plans to concentrate on recruitment as well as working to Update UVI’s marketing materials – and not just the print editions.   

“In order to tell the UVI story to students who are not already familiar with the University, you need to be very social media savvy,” said Williams.  “You need to engage in creative outreach campaigns, attend HBCU and other college fairs, school visits, and utilize current UVI students themselves to talk about what they’re doing and share their successes.”

Williams acknowledged that UVI presents several unique marketing challenges.  Not only is competition for college-ready applicants fierce these days because students have so many choices, but most students from the U.S. mainland don’t know that the University of the Virgin Islands exists. Nevertheless, he relishes the opportunity to raise awareness about the country’s youngest HBCU by taking the UVI story on both physical and virtual roads. 

In addition to graduating from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Dr. Williams holds a Master’s in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University.  Through his previous work, Dr. Williams had oversight of undergraduate and graduate admissions, where he implemented various innovative strategies leading to enrollment increases.

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Cohort 9 Graduate to Accompany MDA to Canada

September 15th, 2016 by webmaster


Dr. DeJonnette King will accompany Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to participate in a multi-sector business development trade mission to Canada September 21-28, 2016. The trip will include stops to Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba for Mississippi companies to launch or increase export business in the Canadian market. The mission will offer opportunities to generate growth, gain market information, make business and government contacts, solidify business strategies and gain a better understanding of business opportunities in these two Canadian markets. Each stop will include one-on-one business meetings and appointments with qualified buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners. The delegation includes Mississippi firms, representing a cross-section of U.S. industries with growth potential in the Canadian market.

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Alcorn State University has chosen the person they believe will enhance online education for students.

Jackson, Mississippi native, Dr. Tamia Herndon, is the newest director of Online Education. She has over 16 years of experience in higher education. She started her career at Tougaloo College where she served as a fundraiser, senior admissions counselor, head recruiter and director of Alumni Affairs in the school’s Office of Institutional Advancement. She was also the major gifts manager at Jackson State University. She went on to become a full-time faculty before becoming a campus dean at Strayer University.

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