President Jones appoints two members to his leadership team

April 19, 2016 – This week, Fort Valley State University President Dr. Paul Jones named two new vice presidents to his senior leadership team.Dr. Jones appointed Mary H. Loomis, as the institution’s new vice president of business and finance.  Additionally, the president appointed Dr. Chanta M. Haywood, , as interim vice president for external affairs and executive director of the FVSU Foundation, Inc. Both Loomis and Haywood will begin their new posts on June 1.

Mary H. Loomis – FVSU’s New Vice President of Business and Finance

Mary H. Loomis, who currently serves as the assistant vice president for business and finance and comptroller at Savannah State University, is FVSU’s new vice president of business and finance. Loomis will replace Dorothy Stripling, the university’s interim chief financial officer.

She is a seasoned university administrator with a wealth of experience in all aspects of public and private finance.

Jones said he was pleased that Loomis agreed to serve in this critical leadership role at Fort Valley State.

“Ms. Loomis has an impressive background and the invaluable added benefit of being well versed in the University System of Georgia’s financial operations that will allow Fort Valley State to quickly move forward in our overall strategic plans and institutional financial goals,” Jones said.

The new vice president for business and finance’s selection followed a national search.

Loomis said she welcomed the opportunity to serve as FVSU’s chief financial officer under Jones’ leadership.

“I’m thrilled to join the FVSU family and to help fulfill Dr. Jones’ vision for the institution,” she said.

The new FVSU administrator possesses extensive educational and career experience in business, finance and administration. In 1992, Loomis earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from August State University. She later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Savannah State University.

Loomis’ career experience includes financial management positions within the public and private financial sectors, including serving as a certified public accountant for Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLC. from 1992-1996. She also served in several roles with Augusta-Richmond County, including finance officer for the Housing and Neighborhood Development department, administrative and finance manager of Bush Field Airport and finance director in 1998. She was later promoted to assistant director of county utilities for Augusta Utilities. During an eight-year tenure at Savannah State, the administrator developed a five-year ratio analysis that was adopted as an assessment tool by the internal auditor of the University System of Georgia.

The new FVSU administrator is also committed to public service and holds several professional affiliations. She is currently the president of the National Association of Professional Women, Savannah Chapter. She also has served as a past board member of several United Way organizations and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Beaufort in South Carolina. Her professional affiliations include the American Society for Public Administration, Georgia Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association.


Dr. Chanta M. Haywood, FVSU’s new interim Vice President for External Affairs and FVSU Foundation, Inc. executive director

Dr. Chanta M. Haywood, who currently works as the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Albany State University, is FVSU’s new interim vice president for  External Affairs and FVSU Foundation, Inc. executive director. She will succeed Dr. Melody L. Carter, who recently accepted a new position at Clayton State University. The new administrator is a skilled researcher, scholar and veteran higher education administrator. Haywood’s professional experience includes service as a full professor and leadership in institutional advancement, academic affairs, research and sponsored programs.

The president said that Haywood’s background and expertise were significant factors in her appointment to this position.

“I’m very excited to have someone with her background and expertise in sponsored research and advancement join our leadership team,” Dr. Jones said. “The fact that she is coming from within the [University System of Georgia] adds additional value to the role she will play at our institution.”

Haywood’s has numerous professional accomplishments and achievements.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Haywood to serve on the Jacob K. Javits Board in Washington D.C. The federal board awards fellowships to students of superior academic ability in selected fields of the study of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Later, Haywood was unanimously elected by her fellow board members to serve as the chair. Haywood was also selected as a reader for U.S. President Barak Obama’s First in the World Program, a $75 million grant program, which focuses on encouraging innovation, access, and completion in higher education, as well as cutting costs.

Haywood said she is honored to join Jones’ leadership team at FVSU.

“Dr. Jones is a leader whose expertise has influenced most facets of higher education,” she said. “I observed and learned from his style as he transformed Darton State College while serving as interim president.  I’m deeply honored to have been asked to use my knowledge and experiences to serve, support and execute the vision of such a talented leader.”

Haywood earned both her doctorate and masters in American Literature from the University of California at San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s in English from FAMU.

Haywood began her career in higher education as an assistant professor of African-American literature at Florida State University before serving as assistant dean at FAMU’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. Over the course of her career, Haywood has provided leadership to various university administrative areas, including Institutional Advancement and Research and Sponsored Programs at Albany State. At North Carolina Central University (NCCU), she served as an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. Haywood also provided leadership that led to NCCU receiving a Ph.D. program in Integrated Bio-Sciences, the school’s first doctoral program in over 50 years.

The new FVSU administrator also served (for nearly a decade) as dean for the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education at Florida A&M University, overseeing 12 doctoral programs and over 40 master’s programs.  At FAMU she also co-authored and managed federal and state grants totaling $5.7 million and administered over $3,930,000 in state funding

At Albany State University, Haywood’s accomplishments included increasing alumni giving rates by 45 percent within one fiscal year and providing leadership in securing close to $350,000 to send ASU’s marching band to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. She also developed a program which provides seed monies for developing scholars to build their professional portfolios and revamped ASU’s Undergraduate Research program, resulting in more students presenting research in Washington, D.C. and around the country for ASU.

Haywood is a published author who wrote “Prophesying Daughters: Black Women Preachers and the Word, 1823 – 1913.” Haywood has also written extensive collection of published academic articles.