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    New vice president for Academic Affairs among five new Cabinet members

    Most of the faces have changed on Dillard’s senior-level Cabinet since the arrival of President Walter Kimbrough’s arrival last year.


    The exceptions are Dr. Toy Barnes-Teamer, vice president for Student Success, and Wanda Brooks, internal auditor.


    New Cabinet members under Kimbrough include:

    • Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president for Academic Affairs, who succeeded Dr. Phyllis Dawkins.
    • David Page, vice president for Enrollment Management, a new position.
    • Marc Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement, replacing Dr. Walter Strong, who retired.
    • Gerald Coleman, vice president for Finance and Administration, who replaced Virgil Robinson, who was chief operation officer.
    • Denise Wallace, vice president and general counsel, who filled the position, vacated a year earlier by Debra Neveu.

    The Pages, a couple, are the latest to come aboard, arriving in July. The head of Academic Affairs is a Shreveport native, a 1991 Dillard graduate and former interim dean of Arts and Sciences at Dillard in 2010. Her most recent position was chairwoman of the English, Theatre and Mass Communications department at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff.


    Page said she actually met her husband, David Page, on Dillard’s campus in 1998, when David Page worked here previously.


    “We were actually married in Lawless Chapel,” she added.


    David Page, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was vice president for Enrollment Management and director of financial aid at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., during Kimbrough’s tenure there.


    Barnes, who is married to Athletic Director Kiki Barnes, is a native of New Orleans and graduate of Xavier University. His prior position was director of development for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.


    Wallace, a native of Miami, came to Dillard from Palm Beach State College, where she was general counsel. (Incidentally, she said she just defended her dissertation for a doctorate in the Science of Law and soon will be “Dr. Wallace.”)


    Coleman was the first new Cabinet member, arriving with Kimbrough in 2012-13 from Philander Smith.


    As head of Academic Affairs, Page said she wants to “examine the academic programs to assess their rigor and to determine if they are meeting the needs of the contemporary student.” She said making sure that DU graduates are prepared for the workforce is a top priority. Meanwhile, David Page said his focus is on increasing with qualified students who can successfully navigate and secure a degree at Dillard.


    Barnes’ job is about fund-raising, which has been difficult in this economy: “People are just not giving unrestricted dollars the way they use to, so fund raising is a bit of a challenge.”


    Coleman’s focus is the university budget while Wallace’s goal is to minimize all legal risks.


     (Kelth Cameron and Brandon Sledge contributed to this report.)

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