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TBR Selects U of M’s Danita Macon as a Maxine Smith Fellow

For release: July 19, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Danita Macon
Danita Macon
Danita Macon of the University of Memphis has been selected to participate in the 2011 Maxine Smith Fellows Program of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the governing body for 46 universities, community colleges, and technology centers throughout the state. Macon is director of Enterprise Infrastructure Services in the U of M’s Information Technology Division.

The Maxine Smith Fellows program provides African-American employees of TBR schools the opportunity to participate in a working and learning environment that will enhance their work experience and career development. It is intended to provide an initial experience with administrative roles in system or upper level administrative policy-making positions.

Each Fellow is assigned an administrative mentor at the TBR central office, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, or at a TBR school. The Fellows work with their mentors to develop a plan of work for their fellowships. Macon will serve in TBR’s Office of Access and Diversity. Her mentor will be Dr. Tristan Denley, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Austin Peay State University.

“As a native Memphian, I am truly honored by the opportunity to participate in the Maxine Smith Fellows Program, named after such a remarkable civil rights activist,” Macon said. “Representing the University of Memphis, my desire is to use this experience to educate others about the potential uses of technology for targeted communication as applied by higher education leaders.”

Maxine Smith served two terms as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

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