posted December 7, 1998

D. Wesley Poythress Is Named Assistant Dean

 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,
  Ohio.
          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
  Project.
          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
  Graduate College.
          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
  1991.