Baltimore— Following an historic and successful fall semester, Morgan State University President David K. Wilson announces new leadership appointments, as the University aims to fortify integral roles in several operational areas and continue its momentum through the New Year. The appointments, among the most for the University in a given quarter, will see key hires managing a variety of units, including Human Resources, Alumni Relations, Procurement and Property Control, the University Counseling Center, the Honors College and the new Center for Innovative Instruction & Scholarship. In addition, several interim leadership roles have been filled until permanent appointees are named.
“Simply put, Morgan is growing, and for us to sustain and propel that growth, we need the top people in their chosen field to lead the charge. With this group of new hires, we’re confident in our ability to make significant strides towards bringing our enhanced 10-year strategic plan to fruition,” said President Wilson. “Whether through internal or national searches, we’ve identified quality candidates who are both well-suited to lead and possess the unique capabilities to be integral partners in Morgan’s ascendency.”
Morgan has more than 1,600 employees identified as non-faculty staff. Retirements and the strategic repositioning of units within the University have created several leadership opportunities. Tapping into a wide network of candidates nationwide and evaluating select current employees, the University was able to address several immediate needs. Included among the new hires are the following:
Chevonie (Logan) Oyegoke has assumed the role of assistant vice president and chief human resources officer. In this post, Oyegoke serves as a strategic partner providing leadership, management, policy direction and oversight for all University human resource management functions.
Heidi Bruce has been hired as the new assistant vice president for Alumni Relations and Strategic Engagement. A Morgan alumna with more than 20 years of combined development and alumni relations experience, including key appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park, George Mason University and Ohio State University, Bruce serves as the primary strategist for alumni engagement, hosting and launching alumni programs and events, and is responsible for leading a comprehensive engagement strategy for some 30,000 Morgan alumni around the world.
OluwaTosin Adegbola, Ph.D., has been promoted to serve as executive director of the Clara I. Adams Honors College while continuing in her role as special advisor to Morgan’s president and student mentor for the President’s Leadership Circle.
Laura Dorsey-Elson, Ph.D., who previously served as director of instruction in the School of Global Journalism and Strategic Communication, has been tapped to serve as director for the newly launched Center for Innovative Instruction & Scholarship (CIIS).
Erin Oliver-James has assumed the role of the new director for the Office of Procurement and Property Control. As the head of the Office, Oliver-James is responsible for oversight and management of the department and its internal units.
Sonya Clyburn, Psy.D., has been hired as the new director for the University Counseling Center. Dr. Clyburn provides leadership, supervision and management for the Counseling Center, which has taken on an increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to overseeing policy and program development and implementation and providing crisis management interventions to the campus community.
“This is a unique period within the University’s history. As at many institutions nationwide, the prolongment of the pandemic has prompted some longtime Morgan staffers to pursue retirement and others to reevaluate employment options. However, at Morgan, we’ve embraced this as a great opportunity to bring in new energy and new ideas,” said Sidney Evans Jr., executive vice president for Finance and Administration at Morgan. “We will continue to work diligently and effectively to recruit and fill as many positions as possible from within or outside of the University. If there are candidates available and looking for a great place to excel and make a difference…then Morgan is the place they want to be.”