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STARKVILLE, Mississippi — A new Executive Director position in the Mississippi State Division of Access, Diversity and Inclusion will help increase access, retention and success for vulnerable student populations , such as first generation and low income students.
Tekita R. Bankhead was appointed Executive Director of Support Programs and began her new role in August. It focuses on engaging students in academic initiatives and extracurricular activities that facilitate student success. She provides direct direction and supervision of three programs — TriO, Promise and THRIVE — to ensure that students are empowered and prepared to fully carry out their social, academic and professional activities.
Graduated in 2012 from the University of Mississippi for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she is also an MSU alumnus with a Master of Science in Counselor Training in 2014 and majoring in Student Business Administration.
“I am delighted to play such a pivotal role in the very institution that gave birth to my career as a student affairs practitioner,” Bankhead said. “I look forward to working with our dynamic team to infuse innovative, inclusive and student-centered approaches into our support programs and to ensure that our division fully embodies MSU’s mission as an awarding university. of land. I am committed to broadening our university’s perspective on holistic student support while deepening our commitment to mental health, student engagement and academic success, ”she added.
Bankhead is currently pursuing a doctorate in education, educational policy, organization and leadership in higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was most recently Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. There, she provided leadership and administrative oversight of all operations, evaluation design, program implementation and service delivery, among other responsibilities.
MSU Vice President for Access, Diversity and Inclusion Ra’Sheda Forbes said, “I am delighted to have Tekita’s wealth of experiences here at Mississippi State. She embodies the values of our institution and her student-centered approach is essential as we improve our work within the division.
MSU is Mississippi’s premier university, available online at www.msstate.edu.