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Tanya Blackmon last month was named president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville. The hospital has 60 beds, 640 employee and is a unit of Novant Health.

Since 2004, Blackmon had been serving as chief operating officer of Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital, a 156-bed specialty center in Charlotte, and vice president of orthopaedic and neuroscience services.

She began her career at Presbyterian Hospital in 1992 as director of patient and family services, community care services and rehabilitation services. She has held a variety of leadership roles, including director of quality improvement.

Blackmon earned a master’s of science in business administration from Queens University, a master’s of social work from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s of science in social work from North Carolina A&T State University.

She has received many industry awards, including North Carolina Healthcare Social Work Administrator of the Year.

Mario G. Ricoma, an information resource consultant at SC State University, was named national Alpha Kappa Psi volunteer of the year, beating out more than 250 other nominees.

Ricoma works in the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences and is a faculty advisor of SC State’s Kappa Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest professional business fraternity.

“I was very surprised and moved to tears because this showed me that the students really respected and cared enough to nominate me,” he said. “It’s not only an honor for me to receive this award but it also brings credibility to the students, given that their University is recognized on a national level.”


Johnson C. Smith University has hired Lorne Lee as its director of bands/assistant professor of music. He replaces Thurman Hollins.

Lee comes to JCSU from Savanna State University in Savannah, Ga, where he served as director of university bands and assistant professor of music. He last worked for JCSU as the director of bands and instructor of music during the 2004-2005 academic year. Lee will be responsible for conducting the Golden Bulls Marching Band, University Jazz Band, and Symphonic Band.

Lee holds a master’s degree in music from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has a bachelor’s in arts degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.


The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald L. Carter to participate in a Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in September.

Carter will visit military bases of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to meet with a cross section of military leaders and personnel. He was one of 60 people selected from more than 300 nominees.

The conference is designed to give participants a first-hand look at U.S. military personnel, their equipment and capabilities. The program was initiated in 1948 under the nation’s first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal.

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