Olufunke Fontenot, Ed.D.

  • Position: Interim Chief of Staff
  • Division: Office of the President

Dr. Olufunke Fontenot serves as the interim chief of staff at Fort Valley State University. In this role provides advice and counsel to the president, serves as a liaison between the president and other officials and key constituencies, and manages the Office of the President. Dr. Funke also ensures that projects and presidential strategic initiatives stay move forward.

Dr. Fontenot previously served as the interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg (USF-P), where she managed an academic affairs budget of over $36 million and had direct oversight responsibility for academic programs, faculty hiring, development, and tenure and promotion. Prior to USF-P, she served as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University. In addition, she performed multiple roles at Georgia College and State University, including interim dean of the College of Education, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, interim chair of the Department of Government & Sociology, and interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. While at Georgia College and State University, Dr. Fontenot also served as a professor of criminal justice. She also has had numerous leadership appointments at Savannah State University and Claflin College.

Fontenot received a bachelor’s degree from Nigerian Law School, a Master of Letters in Law degree from Cambridge University (Cambridge, England), a Master of Law degree from Yale Law School (international law), and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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