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Buck to Lead University of Washington-Bothell

Dr. Warren Buck has been appointed chancellor and dean of the University of Washington-Bothell effective in late summer. He is presently the director/principal investigator of Hampton University’s Nuclear/High Energy Physics (NuHEP) Research Center of Excellence, a tenured full professor of physics at Hampton, and a member of the Theory Group at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va.  Buck earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morgan State University; and a master’s degree and a doctorate, both in physics, and both from The College of William and Mary.


Max Benavidez is the new assistant vice chancellor of university communications at the University of California-Los Angeles. He comes to UCLA from the California Institute of Technology, where he was director of media relations. Benavidez earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and communications, and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and anthropology, both from UCLA. 

Dr. Adell Brown Jr., is the new vice president of research, planning, community, and economic development at Mississippi Valley State University. He comes to MVSU after serving as assistant administrator and specialist in Agriculture for the Cooperative Extension Program at Southern University. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Northeast Louisiana University; a master’s in business administration from the University of Southwest Louisiana; and a doctorate in agriculture economics from Louisiana State University.

Patrick Day has been named assistant vice president of student affairs/dean of students at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, he was assistant dean of students at Texas Tech University. Day earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University; and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.


Dr. Portia Holmes Shields, president of Albany State University, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She will serve a three-year term. Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the District of Columbia Teachers College (now the University of the District of Columbia); a master’s degree in education from George Washington University; and a doctorate in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University’s Phillip W. West Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. Composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education, and public affairs, the council reviews applications for research and research training grants that have been assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Warner graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern University; and earned a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington.

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