Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade

SEGUIN, TX – Texas Lutheran University announces the appointment of Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade as the next Vice President of Student Life & Learning and Dean of Students effective July 12, 2021.

Dr. Wade comes to TLU from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he has served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2017. He has also held a variety of student life positions at Alabama State University, Arkansas Baptist College, and Prairie View A&M University.

“My family and I are absolutely thrilled to be joining the TLU family,” said Dr. Wade. “I’m eager and excited to work with President Cottrell and the leadership team. During the search process, I enjoyed the virtual visits and engagement with TLU stakeholders, especially the students. I instantly knew this was a community where I could add value, collaborate with passionate colleagues, and work tirelessly to support students as they navigate the college experience, especially our first-generation. Over the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to listening and learning from all of the various stakeholders within the TLU community and lead our team on a path forward that will build upon the exceptional work being done by the superstars within the Division of Student Life & Learning.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Grambling State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Walden University in higher education administration and higher education leadership and management, respectively.

He is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where he holds the Region III African American Knowledge Community Co-Representative position. Dr. Wade serves on the Conference Advisory Committee for the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education and led Grambing State University’s efforts to successfully join the 2020 Cohort of the NASPA First Gen Forward Initiative.

Listed by digital leadership expert Dr. Josie Alhquist as one of the 40 Digital Leaders to Follow, Dr. Wade has been named a Higher Ed Digital Leader and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Digital Task Force, a national collective of social media and digital through leaders in higher education. He was also a member of the 2017 Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Cohort and was recognized by the HBCU Campaign Fund as a 2021 Emerging Higher Ed Professional.

TLU President Debbie Conttrell said Dr. Wade’s passion for serving students and his commitment to contributing to TLU’s future will position him well as he moves into his senior leadership role on campus.

“My deep appreciation goes to our Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sarah Ferguson and the members of the search committee (Jessica Anderson, Mark Dibble, Sam Hijazi, Andie Janicek, Bill Miller, Rosanna Noriega, and Elliott Powell) who performed critical work in evaluating applicants, coordinating and participating in interviews, reading campus feedback carefully, and providing guidance to me throughout the search process,” said Dr. Cottrell.

Dr. Ferguson said it was apparent from her very first contact with Dr. Wade that he displayed an excitement for student life and learning.

“At every point in the process, he showed a deep understanding of student affairs,” said Dr. Ferguson. “It was very clear that he had done his homework about TLU and our students. His positivity is infectious and I’m excited for what that energy will bring to our campus.”


Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr. appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at DTC.

DENMARK, S.C. – Denmark Technical College announces the hiring of Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., as Vice President of academic affairs and student services, effective July 29.

In this role, he will oversee both the academic programming as well as the student experience within the college. Todd formerly served as the provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Wiley College.

Todd’s interest in coming to DTC was a result of his commitment to working with HBCU students to make a difference in their lives. He also saw the racially and culturally diverse mix of rural and urban students that DTC services as an exciting opportunity.

“I chose Denmark Tech as my new home because I support the mission and vision of the college. I understand the impact that schools like DTC have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them to lead locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Todd.

Todd has extensive record in higher education, including vice provost and associate vice provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; executive director of student affairs, director of leadership and student development, undergraduate program coordinator and professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.; adjunct professor at Georgia State a university at Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.; adjunct professor at Dalton College, and director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of education in English Education both from Albany State University; a master of education in higher education administration (student affairs’ concentration) from Regent University; and a doctor of philosophy in English from Georgia State University.


About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

Dr. Jeffery T. Burgin, Jr. appointed Vice President for Student Affairs at Talladega College.

TALLADEGA, AL. – Talladega College is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffery T. Burgin, Jr., has joined the College as Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Burgin, who will serve as a member of the institution’s leadership team, will provide direction for the development and administration of a wide range of academic support programs. He will supervise student affairs professionals in residence life, student activities, and counseling and career planning and placement; serve as a liaison with student organization; and facilitate programs aimed toward the enrichment of residential and student life.

Dr. Burgin formerly served as vice provost for student engagement at Kentucky State University, where he partnered with campus stakeholders to create a seamless student experience from application to graduation and career. His responsibilities included overseeing staff in eight key areas, including Residential Life, Campus Police and Leadership Development & Assessment. Prior to joining Kentucky State University, he served as associate provost and dean of students at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio; a Master of Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is an active member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and he has served as a Member at Large of the University of Cincinnati Board of Governors. He is affiliated with the American Council of Education (ACE), the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personal Association (ACPA).

Dr. Burgin has been award the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee on Multiculturalism’s Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Education Award and the University of Cincinnati’s Mosaic Award for Contributions to diversity.

About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, Williams Savery and Thomas Tarrant. Talladega College is home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during a three year, eight-city tour.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri has named Arkansas native and UAPB alumnus, Dr. Miron P. Billingsley as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Billingsley will begin serving on September 4.

Dr. Billingsley has countless years of experience in higher education as a professor, dean, director and vice president. Prior to his appointment at Lincoln University, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Prior to then, he served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University in 2014 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in 2008.

While at PVAMU, Dr. Billingsley provided vision, direction, and review of student service operations. Under his leadership, he established a Counseling Center on campus, created a Veterans Center to recruit and retain military veterans and cultivated partnerships with all areas of the university to deliver seamless service to students. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley formed a Parent’s Association and led Student Affairs through a successful re-accreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit.

Prior to PVAMU, Dr. Billinsley served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Director of Training and Development for PeopleSoft at the University of Houston and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Langston University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Billingsley served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the USS Bunker Hill.

Dr. Billingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Southern University, and Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Executive Leadership Institute through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Dr. Billingsley is married to national bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and is the father of four children.