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LOUIS BUTLER has been appointed Justice in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Butler was formerly a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Butler earned a bachelor’s from Lawrence University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

DR. GABRIEL CARRANZA has been named assistant vice provost of international cooperation at the University of North Texas, effective Jan. 8, 2009. He formerly served as director of the Office for Latin American programs at Texas A&M University. Carranza earned a bachelor’s from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a master’s and doctorate from Texas A&M.



RANDY GROOMES is director of diversity relations and recruitment at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Groomes previously served as director of multicultural programs for UGA’s Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor’s from UGA.



REY HERNANDEZ is diversity coordinator at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. He previously served as ESL examiner in the Adult Education Program at NWACC. Hernandez holds an associate degree from Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif.



DR. TERRY A. LINDSAY is dean of diversity and intercultural programs and associate professor of cultural studies at North Park University (Ill.). He previously served as associate professor and dean of student development at Harper College. Lindsay earned bachelor’s and master’s from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctorate from Argosy University.



VALERIE PEÑA has been appointed to the newly created position of executive director and chief of staff for the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Indiana University. Peña previously served as executive director of the Bloomington/ Monroe County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Oklahoma.

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DR. JEFFREY SCOTT is a grant development specialist in the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity at the State University of New York. Scott most recently served as the director of the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. He earned a bachelor’s from Union College and a doctorate from the University at Buffalo.



JOHNNIE B. WATSON is president of LeMoyne-Owen College (Tenn.). He previously served as interim president. Watson earned a bachelor’s from LeMoyne-Owen College and a master’s from Indiana University.



KENNETH WESTARY has been named vice president of institutional advancement at the Community College of Baltimore County (Md.). He formerly served as vice president for institutional advancement at Johnson C. Smith University. Westary holds a bachelor’s from Towson University and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

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