With educators like these, making the dean’s list is a major achievement for Alcorn students

Dr. Blanche Sanders, Dean, University Libraries, Assistant Professor

B.S., business administration, Alcorn State University; M.S., guidance education, M.S., elementary education, Alcorn State University; MLIS, library and information science, University of Southern Mississippi, and Ph.D. in leadership, Mississippi State UniversityDr. Sanders is dean of University Libraries. She specializes in archives administration.  She has been employed at the J. D. Boyd Library since January 1996.  Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Sanders served as the archivist and circulation librarian. In order to meet the needs of the students, she provided services in reference and media.Dr. Sanders has also attended several workshops and was selected as a fellow for the HBCU Archives Institute, the HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute, Vanderbilt Peabody Academic Library Institute, Harvard Institute for Higher Education, Leadership for Academic Librarians, and Information Literacy Institutes.  She has also attended several training sessions and workshops.  Presently, Dr. Sanders serves as chair of the 1890 Library Deans and Directors Association, Board Member of the HBCU Library Alliance, and has served as chair and secretary of the Mississippi Deans and Directors Council.  She has completed internships at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She serves on several university, state and national committees.Dr. Sanders enjoys her job and continues to grasp new ideas that will improve the services of the library.  She believes in working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to achieve the mission of the University. Dr. Sanders is married to Dr. George Sanders, and to this union, they have one daughter, Dannielle Sanders.

Dr. Norris Allen Edney, Acting Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Norris Allen Edney was appointed interim president of Alcorn State University on January 21, 2010, by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. He spent most of his career at Alcorn in various roles of teaching and administration. He is knowledgeable about the university and is well-respected among faculty and staff.Dr. Edney started to work for Alcorn as a biology instructor in 1963 and worked his way up to senior leadership positions. Throughout his career, he has served the University in various capacities including dean of Graduate Studies, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the Department of Biology. He also worked as director for the Natchez Nursing Program from initiation of the program through the second accreditation cycle.Dr. Edney’s extensive managerial experience also includes serving as the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) president, and Natchez – Adams County School Board president. Among his areas of expertise are: administration and supervision in higher education; environmental science; ecology; systematic botany; improving the quality of teaching science in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate schools. Dr. Edney has an associate degree from Natchez Junior College, an undergraduate degree in biology from Tougaloo College, a Master of Science teaching degree from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Co., and a doctorate degree in mycology (conservation) from Michigan State University.Throughout his career, Dr. Edney authored 32 publications. His numerous professional accomplishments and awards include receiving the First Annual White House Initiative Faculty Award for Excellence in Science and Technology; National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Research Scientist of the Year Achievement Award; Natchez Junior College 1990 Alumni of the Year; Award of Merit-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Service Eligibility Chairman; Outstanding Service Award, Alcorn State University, Department of Biology; and SWAC Distinguished Service Award. He is listed in Who’s Who in Ecology and in American Men of Science. Dr. Edney was inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame, received the Distinguished Service Award, Capital City Classic, Inc., Outstanding Agriculture Researcher, Alcorn State University; and SWAC Lifetime Achievement Award.Dr. Edney and his wife Lillian have three grown sons: Norris II, a health physicist for Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant; Albert, a research chemist/minister; and Alvin, a district supervisor with the MS Department of Health.

Edward L. Vaughn, Dean, College for Excellence

Edward L. Vaughn is dean of the College for Excellence at Alcorn State University. He is responsible for providing leadership for the Advising Center, the First Year Experience program, the Academic Support Skills program, the Summer Developmental program, the Counseling and Testing Center, the Athletes-as-Scholars program, and the TRiO programs. Dr. Vaughn is also a professor of higher education in the School of Education and Psychology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Lincoln University (PA), his Master of Business Administration in management and finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University and his Doctor of Philosophy in higher education and student personnel from the University of Mississippi. He also did further study at the University of Nairobi. He has a broad range of education leadership experience as an education and business faculty member, chief financial officer, planning and research officer, development officer and student affairs officer. He was a Woodrow Wilson Administrative Fellow from 1978-1980.Dr. Vaughn maintains active membership in numerous professional organizations and has served as an officer at the state, regional and national levels at various times over the past thirty (30) years. His service includes participation on numerous university, state, and national committees. Most recently he served as a member of the College Access Website Disability Review Committee, Board of Institutions of Higher Learning, State of Mississippi.  He is the author of a chapter in the recently published book, Models for Success: Successful Models for Effectively Retaining and Graduating Students, published by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. In addition, his review of Strategic Financial Challenges for Higher Education: How to Achieve Quality, Accountability and Innovation appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of the NACADA Journal.Dr. Vaughn has made numerous professional presentations at local, state, regional and national conferences throughout his career. He also has a distinguished record of grantsmanship during his career. Dr. Vaughn has also served in many leadership capacities in community and civic organizations including the United Methodist church, Boy Scouts, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi, Leadership Clarksdale and participated in the Kellogg Delta Emerging Leader Program. He has also received many awards and honors over the years. Dr. Vaughn was cited in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who in Black Mississippi in 2010. He received the Alumni Achievement Award from Lincoln University in 2009 and was cited by the MS House of Representatives for professional achievements in higher education the same year. In 2006, he was honored with a Man of Distinction NAACP Freedom Award by the Coahoma Co. branch of the NAACP. Prior to that he was given the Outstanding Leadership Award by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Jackson, TN.Dr. Vaughn is married to the former Sallie Roundtree and is the father of three children; Edward Jr., an electrical engineer with AT&T; Erin, a student affairs administrator at Louisiana State University; and Mary, a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Barry L. Bequette, Ph.D., Dean, School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS); Director, Land Grant Programs

Career Sam Houston State University 1985-1994, Virginia Tech 1996-1998, University of Arizona 1998-2004, University of Idaho 2004-2009, Alcorn State 2009-2011Years at Alcorn State University Dean and Director of Land Grant Programs at Alcorn State University since January 5, 2009Educational Discipline/Degrees Ph.D. Plant Physiology /Horticulture, Mississippi State Univ. 1985MS Agriculture/Horticulture, Murray State University, 1980BS Agriculture/Horticulture, Murray State University, 1979 Areas of Expertise Higher Education Administration, Leadership, Plant Physiology, HorticulturePosition SummaryResponsible for overall leadership and administrative management for all faculty, staff, and students in the School of AREAS.  Responsible for overall management of all land-grant programs to include physical, fiscal, and human resources of the academic, research, extension and advanced technologies components throughout the School.  Chief administrative officer of AREAS, the Dean and Director is responsible for strategic and budgetary planning, recruitment of faculty, staff and students.  Serves as a representative for the School with internal and external constituent groups in order to highlight the needs, mission, and opportunities of the School.  Interacts with the Mississippi legislature, federal partners and other internal and external organizations, to effectively build resources for the School.

Dr. Linda Godley, Dean, School of Nursing, Associate Professor

Dr. Linda Godley currently serves as Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at Alcorn State University.  She has been in this position since July 2008.  As dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Godley is responsible for providing leadership in developing and implementing the strategic and operational functions of the school. She is an active member of the university’s Deans’ Council and the School of Nursing Administrative Council.  She is also an active member of the SACS Leadership Committee, Graduate Council, School of Nursing Tenure, Rank and Promotion Committee, and the School of Nursing Faculty Organization.  On the national level, Dr. Godley has served as a National League for Nursing Ambassador and is currently a Program Evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). The NLNAC is a national organization that accredits schools of nursing. At the regional Level, Dr. Godley was appointed to serve on the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SREB-CCEN) Workforce Diversity Task Force in 2005. She was a member of the program planning committee for the 2006 SREB-CCEN Annual Conference. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with leaders and policy-makers in its 16 member states to improve pre-K through postsecondary education. The SREB-CCEN functions to improve nursing education and serves as a resource center for its member schools.  At the state level, Dr. Godley is an active member of the Mississippi Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing (MCDDSN) and is a member of several committees of this council which include the Mississippi Educational Consortium for Specialized Advanced Practice Nursing and the MCDDSN Planning Committee for the development of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Godley served as President of the Tau Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International from 2004-2006.  Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society of nursing. At the local level, Dr. Godley served as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Miss-Lou and Sta-Home Health Agency.  She also participates in planning and implementing disaster relief through the American Red Cross.Dr. Godley has 30 years of experience as a nurse educator in institutions of higher learning.  She was a member of the founding faculty in Alcorn’s Department of Associate Degree Nursing in 1977.  After leaving Alcorn in 1990, she served as assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State University at Alexandria for two years and assistant professor of nursing at the University of Southwestern Louisiana for three years.  Returning to Alcorn in 1995, Dr. Godley served as assistant professor and chair in the Department of Associate Degree Nursing for 10 years and guided that program through its initial NLNAC accreditation and subsequent reaccreditation.  In addition to her varied experiences, Dr. Godley has 30 plus years experience as a practicing nurse.  She has presented invited papers at state, regional, and national conferences.Dr. Godley earned a bachelor’s degree at Northeast Louisiana University and a master’s degree at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.  She earned a Ph.D. in nursing from Southern University and A & M College.

Vivek Bhargava, Ph.D., CFA, Interim Dean and Director, MBA Program

Dr. Bhargava, an associate professor of Finance at Alcorn State University’s School of Business, is currently serving as the interim dean and director for the MBA program. He received his doctoral degree in finance from the University of Alabama in 1996. Dr. Bhargava also holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He holds the designation of CFA, or Chartered Financial Analyst, the only person with such designation in Natchez, and southwest Mississippi. Dr. Bhargava has published over 25 research papers in the field of investment and derivatives, in nationally and internationally recognized blind review journals including Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Review, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, International Journal of Finance, European Journal of Finance, Research in Finance, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning and other journals. Dr. Bhargava has made several presentations for various groups, including over 50 presentations at national and international academic conferences. His paper, “A Comparison of Symetric and Asymetric Hedging Strategies,” won the Outstanding Paper in Futures and Options Award at the Southwest Finance Association meeting in 1997. In addition, he is one of the founding members and 2006 and 2010 president of SOBIE (Society of Business, Industry and Economics). He is the editor of the Proceedings of the SOBIE Conference and is on the editorial board of International Journal of Management Research. In addition, he has also served as a blind reviewer for different journals. He was adjudged, Educator of the Year by the Natchez Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He served on the board of directors for the Natchez Chamber of Commerce from August 2009 to August 2010. Currently, he serves on the board of the Miss-Lou United Way. He is married to Dr. Anubha Jati, a neurologist, and they have two sons.

Dr. Donzell Lee, Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Donzell Lee began his career as an instructor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University in 1981.  He progressed through the professorial ranks, distinguishing himself as a professor and scholar, and was awarded the rank of professor with tenure early in his career.  In 1984, he became director of the Honors Curriculum Program, bringing regional and national recognition to the program through his and his students’ participation in regional and national honors councils, and through the hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants which he brought to the Honors Program.  In 2006, he served as interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs.  He is currently the dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Alcorn State University.  He is working with other Alcorn State University personnel to develop study-abroad opportunities for Alcorn State University students.  Dr. Lee is a strong advocate for the arts who has traveled extensively in South America, the Middle East, Egypt, and Russia as an arts advocate.    He continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist.  He also serves as an accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges.  Dr. Lee holds degrees from Xavier University, Stanford University, and Louisiana State University.  Among his memberships are Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Mississippi Music Educators Association (MMEA), Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (Board of Governors), the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa International (Chapter/Member Liaison), Southern Regional Honors Council (past president), National Collegiate Honors Council (past president), and the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (past president and executive director).  He is also a member of the Eminent Board of Directors of the Natchez Music Festival.

Robert Z. Carr, Jr., Dean, School of Education and Psychology, Associate Professor

Dr. Robert Z. Carr, Jr., was named dean and associate professor for the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University on August 2, 2010. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Carr served as the dean and associate professor for the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Langston University from January 2009 to July 2010. Prior to this position, he was employed at Jackson State University as the director of Professional and Field-Based Experiences and as an assistant professor of education. Dr. Carr is a National Board for Teacher Education (NCATE) examiner and a national team chair. He has served in several education leadership positions at Jackson State University, Alcorn State University, and with the Mississippi State Department of Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tougaloo College, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Walden University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University.

Marcus D. Ward, Chief of Staff

Marcus Ward is the chief of staff to Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, the 18th President of Alcorn State University. Prior to his appointment, Marcus served as the associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at Alcorn State University where he co-lead fundraising, external outreach, strategic development and alumni initiatives. In his first year managing the University’s advancement efforts, the development team increased the number of donors by 25%, the amount of donations by 11% and through fiscally sound investment practices and policies, the Foundation’s endowment was restored by $2 Million to its pre-2008 recession level. Additionally, while he served in this capacity at the university, Alcorn lead all state institutions with a record 9.6% increase in enrollment, had the largest graduating class in its history (750) and increased alumni membership by 5%.Marcus has also served as chief of staff and director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the late Mayor Frank E. Melton of the City of Jackson, Mississippi. During his tenure with the city, he directly assisted the mayor with recruitment and oversight of over $1 billion in new economic development projects, over $30 million in infrastructure improvements and the procurement of over $45 million in state and federal funding.Prior to moving back to Jackson, Marcus served as the special assistant to the assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the United States Department of the Interior where he coordinated endangered species, hydroelectric and natural resources policy and programs at the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Marcus has served as the special assistant to the Leader in the Office of the U.S. Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott and as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science/pre-law from Alcorn State University and earned his Masters of public administration degree and an information technology policy and management advanced Certificate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He has also studied public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University for which he received college credit.Marcus is a Ford Foundation PPIA Fellow, an American Israel Education Foundation Fellow (AIPAC) and a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson Class of 2007-2008. He serves on the board of directors of Jackson 2000, is president-elect of Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association, and an active member of the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association. He volunteers in the community as a reserve police officer for the Jackson Police Department and works with and supports numerous other charitable and civic community causes.

Stephen L. McDaniel, CFRE, Vice President, Development and Marketing; Executive Director, Alcorn State University Foundation, Inc.

For some, raising money for institutions of higher learning is a job. For Stephen L. McDaniel, it is a passion. The 30 years he has dedicated to garnering needed dollars for colleges, universities, and other private entities is testimony to that.McDaniel currently serves Alcorn State University as vice president for development and marketing, executive director, Alcorn State University Foundation, Inc. McDaniel is responsible for directing Alcorn State University’s fund raising; reaching out to and managing Alcorn’s marketing, university relations, alumni, church, parent relations, corporate and foundation relations. As a member of the executive management team at Alcorn State University, Mr. McDaniel is responsible to the president for all college-wide fund raising and external relations matters, including responsibility for establishing and maintaining college-wide fund raising objectives, policies, programs and practices which ensure the private revenue requirements are met for the University. Additionally, McDaniel is responsible for short- and long-term fund raising planning, reporting, internal controls and compliance. Further, he oversees annual giving, capital projects fund raising goals, assist the president to identify major donor prospects and to achieve fund raising goals.Prior to his position at Alcorn State University, McDaniel served as vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Fayetteville State University (FSU), the second-oldest public institution of higher education in North Carolina with an enrollment of more than 6,300 students. At FSU, McDaniel was responsible for all fund raising and served as executive director of the FSU Foundation, a major fund raising arm of the institution. He also directed the departments of public relations, marketing and special events, development, alumni affairs, career services, and WFSS (91.1), the university’s NPR, public radio station.Prior to joining FSU, McDaniel had a reputation in higher education circles as the consummate fund raiser. His plan for getting a prospective donor to make a contribution was simple–face-to-face interaction. His methods proved successful at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) in Huntsville, where he served as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the University Foundation. McDaniel organized a campaign to raise $1.1 million that would be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Alabama. The campaign was launched on March 31, 2006, four months later; the state match requirement of $1 million was raised.AAMU has not been the only recipient of McDaniel’s fund raising acumen, as the area development director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Atlanta area office, he was responsible for a $6 million annual fund raising goal for Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. An advocate for meaningful volunteer development and advancement experiences, McDaniel has raised funds for both large and small research universities.  He served as the director of development for the Reichhold Center for the Arts at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI; coordinated major gift strategies for the Colleges of Life Sciences and Education at the University of Maryland College Park; and helped Tuskegee University maximize its corporate and foundation support as the director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. As special assistant to the president for Institutional Advancement at Morris Brown College, he created an operational budget and fund raising plan for the college’s $3 million annual campaign, while managing public relations, development, corporate and foundation relations, alumni affairs, special events, and donor outreach services. Additionally, McDaniel served as associate vice chancellor for development and university relations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T SU) in Greensboro, N.C. In 1997, McDaniel’s fund raising prowess went international. The U. S. Department of State invited McDaniel to serve as a consultant in Niamey, Niger. In this role, he was one of a two-person team that conducted a needs assessment and provided fund raising training and technical assistance to the rector and staff at the University of Niger. In 2001, McDaniel was part of a team that conducted an evaluation of the fund raising readiness at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management in Kigali, Rwanda.McDaniel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Certificate in managing institutional advancement from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, which was awarded by the Association of Fund raising Professionals (AFP). He is also a former member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) National Commission on Philanthropy and a member of the Board of Directors for CASE District III (2009-2011). McDaniel is listed in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and is the administrative trustee of the Charles B. Wright Charitable Trust.  Additionally, McDaniel is a former member of the board of director’s of the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union; Washington, D.C. McDaniel has two adult sons, Larry and Kenya of Baltimore, Maryland and two grandsons.