New Appointments

Crystal Brown was recently appointed vice president of Communications. In this role, reporting to President Wayne A. I. Frederick, she will develop and lead marketing and communications strategy for the University, providing oversight of strategic communications, reputation management, media relations, marketing and branding.

A seasoned communications leader, Brown brings more than 15 years of higher education experience developing strategic communications initiatives for corporations, nonprofit organizations and foundations. She previously served as chief communications officer for the University of Maryland. As CCO, Brown oversaw the central communications office, led communications strategy, managed all crisis communications efforts and served as spokesperson for the university.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications skills and currently serves on a number of boards, including the National Education Association Foundation and DreamBox Learning.


Latoya J. Crowe (B.A. ’00) was recently appointed director of Communications and Marketing. In this key role, Crowe will have responsibility for leading and managing communications, marketing and branding initiatives for the University. Prior to this role, Crowe worked as a marketing manager for Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon company, and was responsible for managing low-income energy assistance and energy-efficiency programs.

Crowe has more than 16 years of diverse industry experience working in the government, media and entertainment, utility, energy, aviation, automotive and healthcare industries in a variety of marketing and communications roles. Crowe reports directly to the Vice President of Communications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.


Mike London was recently appointed head coach of the Howard University football team. London comes to Howard University after serving as an associate head coach/defensive line coach for the University of Maryland Terrapins.

Before coaching the Terrapins, he was the head coach at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond, respectively, for eight seasons. A highly regarded recruiter, London helped bring in four top-35 classes during his tenure at UVA and brought in two Virginia-bred, five-star recruits in 2014, according to 247Sports. London led Virginia to an 8-5 season in 2011 and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

As the head coach at Richmond (2008-09), London captured 24 wins and led the Spiders to the Football Championship Subdivision in his first season. He helped 28 Spiders achieve all-conference honors in just two seasons. London played defensive back at Richmond (1979-82) before playing one season for the Dallas Cowboys.


Rick Watts was appointed associate vice president and chief information officer. In this position, he is responsible for ETS operations and services, and reports to Gracia Hillman, vice president for External Affairs.

Watts brings a broad range of experience to Howard—27 years in the information technology industry, concentrating his efforts on the business value of IT, complex enterprise system architecture and program management. He most recently served as an IT delivery executive with Atos, a top 5 global IT service provider, where he helped clients align IT operations to their business objectives. While at Atos, Watts served as consulting chief information officer to Howard from November 2015 to April 2016. He also is a certified project management professional and IEEE professional software engineering master.




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