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  D. Wesley Poythress Named Director of Multicultural Life
  
          HOLLAND -- D. Wesley Poythress has been appointed
  director of multicultural life at Hope College.
          He will work to develop more multicultural leaders
  on campus, and provide advisory support to the college's
  organizations of color, Hispanic Student Organization and
  Black Coalition.  Through collaborative efforts with
  individuals, offices and groups on and off campus, he will
  seek to increase and enhance multicultural understanding via
  programs and other efforts.
          "I'm very excited to have Wesley join us," said
  Dr. Richard Frost, dean of students and vice president for
  student development.  "I think he brings a lot of very
  important gifts and skills to Hope College; that he's a
  strong and committed Christian; and that he understands that
  the student's life has multiple segments, and is interested
  in the whole person."
          "I think his background--at Berea, the University
  of Iowa and most recently Miami University in Ohio--brings a
  wealth of experience that will benefit the students, faculty
  and staff of the college," he said.
          Poythress, who is a native of Alabama, 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.

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