Carlane Pittman-Hampton Ph.D. ’03, a higher education leader with more than two decades of experience advancing a variety of initiatives at William & Mary, has been selected as President Katherine A. Rowe’s chief of staff.
Pittman-Hampton, who currently serves as assistant dean of residential Master of Business Administration programs at W&M’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, will start the new role July 17. The position was previously held by Jeremy P. Martin Ph.D. ’12, M.B.A. ’17, who was selected earlier this year as the university’s vice president for strategy & innovation after a national search.
“At William & Mary, the president’s chief of staff ensures smooth coordination and effective communication among the leadership team and the rest of the institution – in just about every arena of our work. Dr. Pittman-Hampton draws on long experience in varied roles in our campus community, having worked with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other senior leaders,” said Rowe. “She brings great judgment, diplomacy, and a warm sense of humor to everything she does.”
As chief of staff, Pittman-Hampton will be responsible for strategically partnering with the president and leaders across the university to develop and execute priority initiatives. She will also facilitate communication between the president and university leaders, seek ways to improve organizational efficiency and productivity and oversee executive communications and strategy in partnership with University Communications and University Marketing. Pittman-Hampton received her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning and leadership from W&M.
“It has been my great honor to have served William & Mary for the last 20 years in my roles at the Business School, in Graduate Arts & Sciences, at the School of Education and with Student Affairs,” said Pittman-Hampton. “I am excited to continue my service as the next chief of staff, working in partnership with President Rowe and other members of the senior leadership team to bring to fruition the university’s Vision 2026 and other critically important initiatives.”
Pittman-Hampton has been at William & Mary for more than two decades, starting as a graduate assistant in the School of Education. Her other positions at the university have included assistant to the vice president for student affairs, assistant dean of graduate students in Arts & Sciences, director of the MBA program and assistant dean of MBA programs.
Throughout her time at the university, Pittman-Hampton has served on a number of committees, including the executive boards of the Women’s Network, the Black Faculty and Staff Forum and the Professionals and Professional Faculty Assembly. She is co-chair of the Mason Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee. She is also a board member for the W&M Veteran-to-Executive Transition (W&M VET) Advisory Group and a Title IX advisor.
Pittman-Hampton previously taught a course on organization and governance in the School of Education and currently co-teaches a leadership class in the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program. She has presented at a number of conferences, as well as to community organizations, often teaching on student development.
She has received myriad accolades throughout her career, including two Diversity Recognition Awards, a Phoenix Award in Student Affairs and a School of Education Award for Excellence for Post-Master’s Study from William & Mary. She was named a W&M Woman of Influence in 2020, and she is a member of the national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for education.
Before William & Mary, Pittman-Hampton worked as director of outreach in the department of physics at Hampton University. In addition to her doctorate degree from W&M, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in education from Hampton University.
Erin Jay, Senior Associate Director of University News