WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2021 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, is pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

Bethel University has appointed Rahn Franklin, Jr., as its vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. Franklin has a proven track record of missional investment, visionary servant leadership, and facilitating strategic, organization-wide collaboration. Read More.

Blackburn College has announced the appointment of Karla McCain as provost. McCain previously served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Austin College, where her tenure spanned over 18 years. Read more.

Cleveland State University has selected Laura Bloomberg as its new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Bloomberg is a nationally recognized leader in public and global policy education. Read More.

Delaware Valley University has named Randy Barfield as the permanent vice president for finance and administration. Barfield has served in this role in an interim capacity since January 2021 after previously serving as special assistant to the president of St. Augustine College. Read More.

Eastern University has appointed Luisa C. Wilsman as the vice president for advancement. Wilsman previously served as the director of major gifts for the Ascension Saint Thomas Health Foundation (ASTHF) in Nashville, Tenn.

Manhattanville College has selected Troy Cogburn as its new vice president for admissions and marketing. Cogburn previously served as the associate vice president for enrollment management at Marymount University.

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities has named Andriel Dees as its vice chancellor for equity and inclusion. Dees has served as the interim system diversity officer since 2020 as a highly collaborative and thoughtful leader. Read More.

Morris Brown College has announced the appointment of Anthony B. Johnson as its provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Johnson brings extensive administrative experience, having served at a broad range of institutions including HBCUs. Read More.

Prince George’s Community College has named Tyson J. Beale as its new vice president for student affairs. Beale brings nearly 20 years of higher education leadership experience to the role and a proven ability to facilitate remarkable outcomes for students. Read More.

Rider University has appointed Barbara J. Lawrence as its inaugural vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion/chief diversity officer (CDO). Lawrence previously served in a similar role at Guilford College and will begin her tenure at Rider on September 13. Read More.

St. Thomas Aquinas College has announced the appointment of Pascal Kabemba as its new director of finance. Kabemba previously served as chief financial officer at Marble Collegiate Church, and associate director of parish finance and operations for the Archdiocese of New York.

The University at Buffalo Foundation has selected Anastacia “Stacy” Knapper as its inaugural chief executive officer. Knapper will oversee $1.2 billion in current assets and provide strategic leadership and direction. Read More.

The University of the District of Columbia has named Ricardo A. Brown as its new associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and founding director of the School of Health and Clinical Sciences. Brown previously served as professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Jackson State University.

The Washington Center has named Kimberly Churches as its first female chief executive officer in its 46-year history. Churches most recently served as the chief executive officer for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Read More.


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