Livingstone names new associate vice president for academic affairs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

SALISBURY – When classes resume at Livingstone College in the fall, Dr. Kelli V. Randall will have a lot to smile about.

That’s because Randall, a native of Chicago, has been promoted to associate vice president for academic affairs. She will also continue in her role as dean of the Division of Liberal Arts and Humanities.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Randall for the work she has done here at Livingstone College that has propelled her into this new role,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. “I invite the college family to extend congratulations to her and to give her the support she will need to successfully continue her work here at our great institution.”

Randall earned her Ph.D. in English from Emory University in 2007 and has worked at Livingstone College since 2011. She came to Livingstone as the dean of the Division of Liberal Arts and Humanities and chairwoman of the Department of English and Foreign Language. She is also a tenured English professor.

Before coming to Livingstone, Randall served as assistant professor of English at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, from 2007 to 2010 and as acting chair and associate professor of the Department of English and Modern Languages at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland, from 2010-2011.

Randall’s manuscript, “Depictions of marriage: Fictions of race and gender in the age of realism,” will soon appear in print. Her other scholarly research interests include race and realism, voodoo in writings by women of color and the role of historically black colleges and universities in the 21st Century.

Randall has taught English at Dekalb Technical College in Clarkston, Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, Spelman College in Atlanta, Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“A teacher with a passion for helping students achieve learning outcomes, Dr. Randall has provided visionary leadership for the Division of Humanities and Liberal Arts in her role as dean,” said Dr. Carolyn Wilkerson Duncan, vice president for academic affairs at Livingstone. “In her expanded role as associate vice president for academic affairs, she will provide leadership to the lower division and also train and mentor new faculty. Dr. Randall’s work ethic is a model for others to imitate; her experiences as an advisor and her work with assessment and data collection are invaluable assets to academic affairs.”