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Five African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education


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Rico Munn was named chief of staff to the president of Colorado State University, effective July 1. Since 2013, he has served as superintendent of the public school systems in Aurora, Colorado. Munn is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Munn is a graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. He earned a juris doctorate from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Rowan University in New Jersey, has been named chair of the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Shealey joined Rowan University in 2013 as the first African American dean of the College of Education. Her research has focused on examining the experiences of minoritized groups in special education and Black women in teacher education and leadership. Dr. Shealey received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Central Florida. Renarde D. Earl was named vice president of public safety and chief of police at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He...