Olufunke Fontenot, Ed.D.

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

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

Dr. Fontenot brings a wealth of experience into this position, with over 39 years in higher education. She previously served as the interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg (USF-P). In that position, 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, Dr. Fontenot served as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albany State University. At Georgia College and State University, where she worked for 14 years, Dr. Fontenot served in multiple roles, including, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, interim dean of the College of Education, interim chair of the Department of Government & Sociology, and interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures. Dr. Fontenot was a tenured full professor of criminal justice at Georgia College and State University and Albany State University. She also served in numerous leadership positions at Savannah State University and Claflin College.

Fontenot received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, a licensure to practice law from the 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.

Dr. Fontenot has served on the boards of several nonprofit and educational organizations, including the Savannah Chapter of American Red Cross.