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A message from President Bateman about the new African-American Experience at Randolph Task Force

The following message was sent from President Bateman to the Randolph community today:

I am writing today to announce the formation of the Task Force on the African-American Experience at Randolph College. Brent Lewis did the work to organize the Task Force before he departed last month for his new position, and I thank him for his excellent work.

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Hermina Hendricks and Steve Willis. Many of you know Hermina from her years of service to the College as the director of multicultural affairs. I am pleased to say that Hermina has returned to the College as the interim chief diversity officer to fill Brent Lewis’s position while we search for his replacement. Steve serves as my special assistant and the secretary of the Board of Trustees.

The other members of the Task Force are:


Teresa Harris ’80
Jaclyn Beard
Corey Brown ’16
Karim Frazier ’19
Emily Chua
Sidney Coles
Sara Beck
Doug White
Sandra Troxler

Board of Trustees

Genia Welburn ’95
Hank Hubbard


Sha-Ron Bass ’22
Jdody Misidor ’21
Ranita Opoku-Sarfo ’21
Avery Payne ’21
Renee Asante Sarpong ’21

The group had their inaugural meeting this week and will be reaching out to the community as they explore the lived experience of the Black and African-American students, staff and faculty at the College and in Lynchburg.

Please join me in thanking each member for agreeing to serve the College as part of this important new Task Force.

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