LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant has an extensive list of accomplishments: author, filmmaker, scholar and administrator — just to name a few.
When discussing Manigault-Bryant's new position as director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Saskia Staimpel, the Stone Center's administrative manager, said "it all fits like a glove."
She follows Joseph Jordan, who has served as the Stone Center's director since 2001.
Manigault-Bryant, or "Dr. Rhon," as some call her, is a former tenured professor, Africana Studies Department chairperson and associate dean of the faculty at Williams College. Her first physical day on campus this month was the same day that the University announced her position.
Manigault-Bryant said she was drawn to her role as director because she believed it would give her an opportunity to incorporate her skills, passions and experience into one position.
“I’m very fortunate that at this stage of life, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a job,” she said. “Someone told me about it, and said, ‘Hey, I think this would be a good fit for you.'”
The location of the University also excites Manigault-Bryant. She and her spouse, as well as her two children, recently moved to the area.
“I'm excited that this is a homecoming for me, in the sense that I grew up in South Carolina and so I'm super psyched to be close to home, to be back in the South after having been in New England for so long,” she said.
Staimpel said she appreciated Manigault-Bryant's roots in the area, as well as the personal connection she had to the Center’s mission through her work and academics.