D. Wesley Poythress of the Hope College staff has been promoted to assistant dean/multicultural life and liaison to the college's president for minority participation.
Poythress joined the Hope staff in the summer of
1997 as director of multicultural life. The promotion
became effective earlier this fall.
"In the year-and-a-half that he's been at Hope
College, D. Wesley Poythress has demonstrated great ability
and dedication to Hope and to the task of improving minority
participation at the college," said Dr. John H. Jacobson,
president of Hope College. "I think we're very fortunate to
have a person of his qualities to take responsibility for
tracking the progress of the many measures we have underway
to improve minority participation at Hope."
"This clearly represents a recognition of D.
Wesley's competence and importance," said Dr. Richard Frost,
vice president for student development and dean of students.
"He has made significant contributions to the college as
director of multi-cultural life, and has been a valuable
contributor at the level of the Great Lakes Colleges
Association as well."
Poythress, who is a native of Birmingham, Ala.,
was previously coordinator of support services with the
Office of Retention and Scholastic Enhancement in the
Division of Student Affairs at Miami University in Oxford,
Prior to joining the staff at Miami in 1993, he
served as the assistant director for curriculum and then
counseling with the University of Iowa's Upward Bound
While at Iowa, he also held the position of
advisor and was later promoted to coordinator of minority
outreach in the Office of Cooperative Education. During his
tenure there, he served as a recruiter for the university's
Poythress earned a master's degree in counselor
education from the University of Iowa and his bachelor of
arts from Berea College in Kentucky. His awards/honors and
acknowledgements include being named to Outstanding Young
Men of America in 1992 and 1996, and Exceptional Staff
Mentor at Miami in 1995, as well as a "CE" Service award in