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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students at Marshall University for the past 11 years, has been named the university's associate vice president for intercultural affairs.

Cooley assumed his new position Jan. 17. Intercultural affairs is the new name for the office of multicultural affairs.

Cooley holds two degrees from Marshall. He graduated from MU with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1970 and then served three years active duty in the Army as a psychology specialist. He returned to Marshall and earned his master's degree in counseling in 1975.

Before joining Marshall in 2003, Cooley was employed for more than 25 years at Prestera Center for Mental Health, where he was a clinician, psychotherapist, program director and served as a divorce custody mediator with the local family law court.

While at Marshall, he helped found the Cabell-Wayne County Health Science and Technology Academy and still serves on its local governing board; he has served since 2008 as a member of the MU-HSTA Summer Institute, working as summer staff director and on the planning team; directs the annual Outstanding Black High School Student Weekend and Scholars Initiative; he helped Marshall receive national recognition in 2010 as one of the top 26 public universities in the United States with comparable graduation rates between African American students and Caucasians; he served as the redesign director of the prestigious annual Donning of the Kente celebration; chairs the annual Diversity Breakfast; he also founded and still leads the Black Alumni Connections Network.

In his new role, Cooley will continue to direct the Center for African American students and all related programs as well as the Marshall University Society of Black Scholars. 

In other news at Marshall, Dr. Suzanne Holroyd has been selected as head of the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Holroyd joins Marshall from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she served as vice chair for education in the department of psychiatry and neurobehavioral science, among several other administrative appointments and academic positions.

In her new role, Holroyd will be responsible for administrative functions in both the clinical and academic operations of the department including development of a graduate medical education program in psychiatry.

Holroyd earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed a residency in psychiatry and a clinical research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following her residency, she served as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins. 

She joined the University of Virginia in 1992, first as an assistant professor and rising to the rank of professor in 2004. She specializes in psychiatric disorders in the elderly, including those with dementia or memory loss disorders.

Holroyd has been honored by Castle Connolly Ltd. as one of "America's Top Doctors" every year since 2004 and directed UVA's division of geriatric psychiatry.

In additional to her clinical practice, Holroyd is a busy researcher and published author in the field of psychiatry. Her current research interests include psychiatric disorders in the elderly while being treated in various facilities, visual hallucinations in late life disorders including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease as well as late-life depression.