Stevie Lawrence, II, Ph.D.

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Welcome from the University College Dean

STEVIE L. LAWRENCE, II, PH.D.

VERSATILE, PASSIONATE, AND RESULTS-ORIENTED HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR with nine years of experience in the academy, operating as a strategic thinker with expertise in developing integrative learning experiences, student success programming, budget management, assessment, and staff leadership. Thrives on challenges and seek opportunities for greater impact on institutional priorities, the student experience, and educational outcomes. Personal qualities include impeccable integrity, intellectual curiosity, resilience, and ability to engage and inspire students in the pursuit of academic excellence.

EDUCATION

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY, Jackson, Mississippi
Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Higher Education, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, Durham, North Carolina
Master of Public Administration, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, Greensboro, North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts, History, 2005

Certificates & Fellowships

Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) Fellow, Miles College, Birmingham, AL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, Fort Valley, GA

2015- Present
Division of Academic Affairs

Executive Director, Center for Retention Services

Appointed by and reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director for Retention Services provides strategic leadership and vision for institutional retention initiatives, providing oversight for the Center for Retention Services which is comprised of four offices, and other associated programs which include supervision of 13 professionals. These academic units include the Offices of Academic Advisement and Tutorial Services, Academic Counseling and Disability Services, Testing and Assessments, and the TRIO Student Support Services grant. Additionally, the Executive Director, provides direction for the Pre-College Academy, and the institution’s University College, Supplemental Instruction, and the Reading and Writing Labs.

Nov. 2016-July 2017
Division of Student Success & Enrollment Management
Interim Vice Provost, Student Success (Affairs) & Enrollment Management

Appointed by and reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Interim Vice Provost for Student Success (Affairs) & Enrollment Management provides leadership and oversight for all student affairs related functions which include supervision for over 60 professionals who provide student support services in the following units: Admissions & Recruitment, Campus Life, Dean of Students, Financial Aid, Student Health & Counseling Services, Residence Life & Housing.

  • Provides leadership in determining the philosophy, vision, and strategic planning of the student affairs and enrollment management division.
  • Advocates for the interest of students and implements programs and services according, remaining consistent with institutional mission.
  • Executes leadership and management in the coordination of personnel, fiscal, facilities equipment and other resources with the division.
  • Administers and supervises the budget assigned to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success & Enrollment Management.
  • Develops and implements guidelines, policies and procedures pertaining to the division.
  • Ensures the Student Code of Conduct is effective and student disciplinary procedures are executed.
  • Advises the Provost and President on matters regarding students, student services, and student development.
  • Plans, develops, implements and assess all student support service programs that contribute to the academic mission of the University.
  • Ensures the implementation of goals and objectives which promote student development in areas such as holistic health, diversity, leadership etc.
  • Oversees student programs which develop student leadership and charts the professional development of students as they graduate and transition into careers.
  • Collaborates with appropriate institutional officers to improve technology to better deliver services.
  • Ensures students are provided a safe and clean environment.
  • Promotes learning communities within residence halls.
  • Serves as a member of various institutional committees and task forces pursuant to the division and its departments.

Accomplishments:

  • Led the division through the successful implementation of StarRez (Housing Technology).
  • Implemented the technology upgrades to enhance the financial aid process for students through the utilization of CampusLogic and Qless software packages.
  • Redesigned the process for allocating student activity fees to better serve students through programming which focuses on seven core areas of student development.
  • Created and implemented an enrollment communications plan.
  • Revamped the institutional enrollment plan.
  • Increased student applications for fall 2017 by 20%.

2015-Present
Executive Director, Center for Retention Services

Appointed by and reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director for Retention Services provides strategic leadership and vision for institutional retention initiatives, providing oversight for the Center for Retention Services which is comprised of four offices, and other associated programs which include supervision of 13 professionals. These academic units include the Office of Academic Advisement and Tutorial Services, Academic Counseling and Disability Services, the Office of Testing and Assessments, and the TRIO Student Support Services grant. Additionally, the Executive Director, provides direction for the Pre-College Academy, and the institution’s University College, Supplemental Instruction, and the Reading and Writing Labs. Provides budgetary oversight for more than $2 million annually.

  • Creates and monitors a strategic plan for the Center for Retention Services and the five units associated with its services; ensuring that it is compatible to the overall institutional retention objectives.
  • Lead all effort for academic instruction support services.
  • Creates and monitors the implementation and success of Learning Communities.
  • Facilitates all Retention Initiatives for the University.
  • Provides facilitation for the University College (Division created to provide academic advising, supplemental instruction, mentoring and academic monitoring for freshmen and sophomore students that are academically at-risk.)
  • Coordinates student services initiatives with the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management. (Early-Registration, Summer Orientation, Freshmen Convocation, etc.)
  • Provides leadership as the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) administrator for the institution.
  • Services as the Complete College Georgia Liaison with the University System of Georgia.
  • Works collaboratively with the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management in an effort to ensure that comprehensive co-curricular program and services exist to provide a well-defined First-Year Experience Program for freshmen students.
  • Serves as Director for the Pre-College Academy (program providing academic remediation for students provided a Limited Admission status to the institution)
  • Developed a policy and procedures manual for the Retention Center.
  • Administers the Early-Alert System for faculty usage.

Jan. 2013-Sept. 2015
UNC GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (SYSTEM OFFICE), Chapel Hill, NC
Division of Academic & University Programs
(UNC General Administration is the state supported agency governing the 16 constituent universities of North Carolina and its one residential high-school. UNC-GA houses the office of the President and the university system’s administrative offices. Serves as the policy-making body for all state supported postsecondary institutions.)

Director, College Success Services
Provided administrative leadership and planning as a part of the management team for a $28.6 million federally funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grant. Specifically, providing oversight for the College Success District Project, administering $2.6 million to five low achieving school district across the state of North Carolina. Plans and implements college access programs and services for over 15,000 students. Actively develops and maintains partnerships with public/private higher education institutions and community colleges in an effort to provide academic enrichment programs and services.

  • Developed strong connections to all GEAR UP service offerings including, but not limited to financial aid, academic counseling for students and parents, and providing knowledge of postsecondary educational resources and options to various audiences.
  • Provided a wide array of first-year and transitional student services to GEAR UP students at UNC constituent institutions, community colleges, and other postsecondary institutions which focus on progress toward degree completion, major selection, and student success services (Summer Bridge Programs, Dual Enrollments, Financial Aid Counseling, Career Planning & Exploration).
  • Initiated the development of a statewide GEAR UP Minority Male Mentoring Conference.
  • Oversaw the student mentoring programs in 15 school districts and a variety of college campuses.
  • Planned comprehensive college access programs with public/private postsecondary institutions and community colleges (College Visits/Recruitment Activities, Aspire Days, Senior Days, Summer Enrichment Programs, and Postsecondary Success Summits).
  • Actively engaged in the subcontract development process with partnering public school districts and postsecondary institutions.
  • Created customized GEAR UP service plans within budget parameters through asset mapping and college access programming gap analysis.
  • Actively aligned GEAR UP programs and services to the capacity of districts to achieve stronger college access and success outcomes through monitoring academic progress of students.
  • Consistently interfaced with school district superintendents, principals, teachers, counselors, and various university/college administrators.

2011-2013
VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY, Richmond, VA
(Founded in 1865, Virginia Union University is a premiere liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. Private, historically black, and church-related, the university enrolls approximately 1,750 undergraduate and theological students.)

Division of Academic Affairs
Freshmen Experience Coordinator

Appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, this position served as an integral part of institutional retention efforts, particularly providing academic advisement, registration services, and counseling to freshmen and undecided students. Served as the director of the Summer Bridge Program; providing conditionally admitted students with intensive academic enrichment during the summer before the freshman year. Supervised a staff of 10 resident assistants, and faculty during the program. Actively collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to provide the best academic, social, and cultural experience for students at the university. Managed the program budget total nearly $120,000.

  • Engaged in an ongoing effort to clarify the aspirations of the unit, assessed its current organizational structure and effectiveness, and better aligned its work with the university’s mission and best practices in academic advising for first-year students (including registration, resolution of academic grievances, disseminating appropriate family and parent informational resources).
  • Actively planned and coordinated registration processes for incoming freshmen; developing streamlined processes with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
  • Provided training for faculty regarding academic advising techniques and strategies.
  • Devised the course scheduling for GST 004 (Freshmen Orientation Course) by recruiting faculty from each school in the Division of Academic Affairs.
  • Taught three sections of GST 004 (Freshmen Orientation Course)
  • Acted as a point of contact for students and parents regarding academic policies and procedures.
  • Served as the Director of the Summer Bridge Program. Task included student recruitment, developing policies and procedures in compliance with both Academic and Student Affairs/Enrollment Management Divisions (oversaw housing assignments with usage of StarRez Housing Solutions along with the Director of Housing and Residence Life, created program activities and coordinated all academic procedures for the program serving nearly 110 students).
  • Initiated the development of the first university Lyceum Series.
  • Served on the Institutional Committee for Academic Probation & Suspension.
  • Served as Co-Chair for the Judicial Affairs Board.
  • Served on the Institutional Retention Council.
  • Responded to all academic advising and counseling related matters for first-year students.
  • Initiated regular one-on-one academic support counseling sessions with academically at risk freshmen in an effort to raise the retention rate among first-year students at the institution.
  • Collected and aggregated freshmen registration and advisement data and reported it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Worked with faculty to create a more comprehensive plan for the Early-Alert System.

2009-2013
SHAW UNIVERSITY, Raleigh, NC

(Founded in 1865, Shaw University is a private historically black liberal arts institution, affiliated with the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. As a church-related institution, the university houses the internationally renowned, Shaw Divinity School. The university’s enrollment is 2,030 undergraduate and graduate students.)

Division of Academic Affairs
Dept. of Business & Public Administration
Adjunct Professor-Business & Public Administration

  • Provided face to face and online instruction for undergraduate students in the Department of Business & Public Administration.
  • Administered the university classroom policies and procedures according to the institution’s accrediting agency.
  • Developed subject lectures, assignments, and examinations.
  • Supported the development of emerging public sector administrators through identifying professional development and internship opportunities for students.

2009-2011
HALIFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Weldon, NC
Established in 1967, Halifax Community College is one of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina, located in northeastern region of the state. The institution enrolls approximately 1,374 students awarding professional certificates, diplomas, and associates degrees.

Division of Student Services
Associate Director/Learning Coach

Assisted in the management of the institution’s African American (AAM) Achievement Center, entitled P.R.I.D.E.(PReparing Men for Intellectual, AcadDemic & Educational Success). Provided counseling and case management for African American males at the institution, providing academic, career, social, emotional and spiritual guidance. Aggressively sought the development of community partnerships to created internship
opportunities for students.

  • Increased the retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates of AAMs at the institution by nearly 7% over a course of two academic years.
  • Developed more than 40 external partnerships with community business & agencies, resulting in internships for students.
  • Clarified the mission and goals of the AAM Initiative at the institution.
  • Created learning communities for college level English and Math courses
  • Strengthen relations between college faculty and staff and AAMs.
  • Designed, implemented, and evaluated student academic/affairs programming for target population.
  • Initiated the development of a data tracking system designed to report data relative to services provided to students.
  • Actively managed a portfolio of on campus work-study opportunities for students.
  • Effectively developed and managed relationships with stakeholders in the community to develop internship opportunities for students.
  • Aggregated qualitative and quantitative data related to minority male enrollment, graduation, and four-year college transfer and presented it to key partners and stakeholders.
  • Created a campus wide early-warning grade and attendance system used by faculty.
  • Developed reports for the U.S. Department of Education, appropriate college faculty, staff. (President, VPs, and Deans).

2007-2008
COMMON CAUSE NC, Raleigh, NC
Campus Outreach Coordinator

  • Strategically developed relationships with local, state, and federal political leaders, providing opportunities for students to investigate and become a part of the legislative process in the state of North Carolina.
  • Developed civic engagement and leadership development opportunities for students at three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state of North Carolina, namely North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University and Fayetteville State University.
  • Actively created partnerships with the Division of Student Affairs at each institution, specifically with the Offices of Student Activities and Leadership Development.
  • Assisted in the development of grant proposals and conducted compliance reports.
  • Strategically developed relationships with local, state, and federal political leaders, providing opportunities for students to engage in the political process and further develop their leadership skills and capabilities.
  • Assisted the Executive Director in the development of the civic engagement agenda, providing expertise on how to navigate and communicate with students at HBCUs.
  • Managed the program budget.
  • Developed a successful working relationship with senior university administrators, faculty and staff to achieve project objectives.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
POLS 4219 Public Human Resource Management

HALIFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • ACA 118 College Study Skills
  • ACA 122 College Transfer Success

VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY
GST 004 College Orientation

SHAW UNIVERSITY

  • PAD 200 Intro to Public Administration
  • PAD 226 Public Finance & Budgeting
  • PAD 231 Public Personnel Administration
  • PAD 300 Administrative Law
  • PAD 351 Urban Administration & Social Change
  • PAD 372 Public Policy Analysis
  • PAD 401 Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
  • PAD 416 Comprehensive Public Administration

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Who’s Who in Black Raleigh-Durham, Fall 2015 Edition
  • Fort Valley State University Service Award-TRiO Student Support Services-Fall 2015
  • Annie R. Cochran Award for Outstanding Service to Miss Fort Valley State-Fall 2016

INSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEES

  • Strategic Resource Allocation Co-Chair-Fort Valley State University
  • LEAP Taskforce Co-Chair (Student Development)-Fort Valley State University
  • Judicial Affairs Committee-Fort Valley State University
  • Student Achievement Committee- Fort Valley State University
  • University Curriculum Committee-Fort Valley State University
  • Honors Convocation Committee-Fort Valley State University
  • New Student Orientation Planning Committee-Fort Valley State University
  • Judicial Affairs Board-Virginia Union University
  • New Student Orientation Planning Committee-Virginia Union University
  • New Student Orientation Planning Committee-Halifax Community College
  • Commencement Planning Committee-Halifax Community College

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & OFFICES HELD

  • Association of Deans & Directors of University Colleges & Undergraduate Studies (AD &D, Executive Board Member-Treasurer)
  • National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

PRESENTATIONS

Lawrence, S.L. Academic Success: It’s really about Student Engagement, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Summit, Atlanta, GA, June, 2016

Lawrence, S.L. The First-Year Experience: Essential for Retention and Program, Association of Public Land- Grant Universities (APLU) Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Summit, Atlanta, GA,

Lawrence, S.L. Pre-College Academy: A Method of Preparing Academically Deficient Students at a Public HBCU, National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Annual Conference, Houston, TX, June, 2016

Lawrence, S.L. University College: A Method for Retaining Freshmen and Sophomore Students, National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Annual Conference, Houston, TX, February, 2016

Lawrence, S.L. Stereotyped, but I’m In Control of My Destiny, Halifax Community College 8th Annual Men to Men Summit, Weldon, NC, April, 2015

Lawrence, S.L. GEAR UP NC: A Model for College Access & Enrollment for Disadvantaged Students, National Association for Student Affairs Professional (NASAP) Annual Conference, Huntsville, AL, February 2015

Lawrence, S. L. (Developing and Sustaining an Effective Mentoring Program: A School Community Partnership Model, North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, 2014

Lawrence, S.L. The Implications of Race & Social Class on the Development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), HBCUStory Symposium Annual Conference, Fisk University, Nashville, TN, April, 2014

Lawrence, S.L. Edgecombe Community College-Black History Month Observance Keynote Speaker-February,2014

Lawrence, S. L. Virginia Union University Summer Bridge Program Keynote Speaker-July,2014

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS

Lawrence, S.L. (Revised and Resubmitted). A conceptual model for increasing alumni-giving: An Investigation of two private historically black universities in North Carolina. Journal of Negro Education.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Gibson, C., Goings, R., Palmer, R., Troy, C., & Walker, L. “Graduate Education at HBCUs: A Student Perspective” Twice the Experience: Graduate School at Two Comprehensive Public HBCUs. Chapter 4. New York, NY, Routledge Group (2016)

Lawrence, S. L., II (Ed.). (2016). FVSU 0100: An Introduction to the University: Strategies for Success and Completion (1st ed.). Littleton, MA: Tapestry