UDC News


November 20, 2008


University of the District of Columbia Announces New Hires in the Areas of Academics, Community College, Human Resources and Athletics




Washington, DC – Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia announced the appointment of new hires and reassignments as part of a series of structural and administrative changes in the areas of Academics, Community College, Human Resources and Athletics.

“These appointments emphasize my commitment to excellence, both academic and professional, to ensure that the University of the District of Columbia addresses the needs of the citizens of the nation’s capital,” stated Dr. Sessoms. “This will help to ensure that we meet the highest standards of academic excellence and administrative productivity”.

Graeme Baxter Graeme Baxter has been named Provost. Ms. Baxter is the former President of Mount Vernon College and Executive Dean of The George Washington University at Mount Vernon College. Ms. Baxter led the transformation of Mount Vernon College, a 125 year-old women’s college in financial distress, into a university center of undergraduate excellence. She has led the University Honors Program at George Washington University through academic program review, the development of strategic plan and implementation of a new Honors Curriculum. In addition, Ms. Baxter established a new Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.
Pat Thomas Patricia Ann Thomas has been appointed Athletic Director. Ms. Thomas has over thirty (30) years in leadership in education and athletics. She has been the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, the highest ranking female administrator with responsibility in the Department of Athletics at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Ms. Thomas was recently a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee and Chair of the Big East Conference Senior Women Administrators Committee. She has served as a member of the NCAA Division I Championships and Competition Cabinet, Big East Conference Executive Committee, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Eurmon Hervey Eurmon Hervey has assumed the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer of the Community College. Dr. Hervey recently served as the Acting Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs of the University of the District of Columbia, the nation’s only urban land grant institution. He was the Assistant State Superintendent for Postsecondary Education and Workforce Readiness at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education of Washington, DC and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi.
These appointments are effective December 1, 2008
Mark Farley Mark Farley assumed the role of Vice President of Human Resources on October 16, 2008. Mr. Farley brings over sixteen (16) years of human resources and legal affairs experience in the areas of management, recruitment, retention, compensation, risk management and intellectual property. He was recently Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Delaware State University as well as Associate Vice President of Human Resources at Frederick Community College of Frederick, Maryland.

Other Key Appointment:

• Kimeu W. Boynton, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources. Mr. Boynton was recently Director of Legal Affairs at Delaware State University.



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