Institutional Effectiveness Staff

Christine Thomas

Christine C. Thomas, PhD.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
215 Councill Hall 
(334) 229-4742

Dr. Christine C. Thomas is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Institutional Liaison at Alabama State University. She has more than 25 years of combined experience in teaching, assessment and evaluation, and accreditation. She is an innovative higher education administrator who serves as an advocate for continuous improvement. Dr. Thomas has secured the establishment of funded initiatives that focus on faculty development, research, and teaching practices, and her pragmatic leadership style has advanced institutional compliance with accrediting agencies and evidence based decision making.  

Her formal education includes a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from William Woods University, an M.S. in Leadership Studies from Troy University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Alabama State University (ASU). Dr. Thomas has completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Women in Leadership (WIL). She annually participates in national and international programs that focus on advancing organizations and transformational leadership.

Research Interest and Projects
Christine’s research and teaching interests focus on pathways to student success, first generation, students, adult education, and exploring the interplay of higher education policies and practices and the critical role these domains play in continuous improvement and institutional advancement. Her research also explores assessment and evaluation, regional and specialized accreditation.

Professional Expertise
Experienced accreditation evaluator, accountability in higher education, and the development of institutional policies and procedures.


Stephanie 'Alexander-Sampson

Stephanie Alexander-Sampson
Accreditation Specialist
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 604-9059

Mrs. Alexander-Sampson has been with the University since 2008. Stephanie works closely with the Accreditation Liaison in all aspects and processes of the University's accreditation and reaffirmation. Prior to coming to ASU, Mrs. Alexander-Sampson worked for more than 10 years with Macon County Schools and for Attorney Fred Gray.

Mrs. Alexander-Sampson also works as a Planning Commissioner for the city of Shorter, Alabama where she worked closely with the Mayor in City Ordinance Planning. Stephanie holds a BA in Business Administration from Faulkner University.


Bryn Bakoyema

Bryn Bakoyéma
Director of Institutional Research
205 McGehee Hall 
(334) 604-8005

Bryn has led research, evaluation, and data management support efforts for diverse and expansive teams in the non-profit, government, and higher education sectors.  She thrives on supporting individuals and organizations to continuously improve and achieve results.


Dorothy Birl-Johnson

Dorothy Birl-Johnson
Administrative Assistant
301 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8318

Dorothy Birl-Johnson is a native of Alabama who grew up in Demopolis, Alabama. She is a graduate of Demopolis High School and a graduate of Alabama State University where she received her degree in Office Administration.

Dorothy has spent the majority of her career working in the credit, mortgage and financial industries. Her jobs have included positions with Hancock Holding Company, Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage, Bank of America Home Loans f/k/a Countrywide Mortgage, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the Credit Bureau of Montgomery an Equifax Affiliate.

Dorothy says that her heart is near and dear to Alabama State University because of the legacy that her family has begun with the university. Her husband is a 1983 Criminal Justice graduate, their twin daughters are 2010 Business Management graduates, and their youngest daughter is a 2020 Rehabilitation Services graduate at ASU.


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LaShundra G. Brooks
Compliance and Quality Improvement Coordinator
215 Councill Hall
(334) 229-4692

Mrs. Brooks serves as the Compliance and Continuous Improvement Coordinator at ASU.  She has a B.S. degree in mathematics and a Masters of Education degree in mathematics. Additionally, she is currently a doctoral student in the Educational, Leadership, Policy, and Law program at Alabama State University, where she has earned Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) in Social and Behavior Research certification.


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Raymond Green
QEP/Assessment Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 604-9144

Mr. Green is a 2018 graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.  He has over 20 years of managerial experience in the hospitality industry. As a QEP/Assessment Specialist, his primary responsibilities include providing support to the functions of student learning outcomes and student success relative to the University’s SACSCOC approved Quality Enhancement Plan.  He also assists in the administration and collection of assessment data and the institutional planning and evaluation process.


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Rolanda S. Horn, Ph.D.
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Specialist
301 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8351

Dr. Rolanda S. Horn is the QEP Specialist for Alabama State University.  She has approximately 19 years of combined experience in administration, assessment, policy development, and program evaluation.  Her career in higher education commenced in the Office of the Chief of Staff at Alabama State University where she assisted in developing the newly established office under the Boyd Administration.  Her strong administrative and leadership skill set serves as a great support to any organization.

Dr. Horn is known to develop a rapport with students and their families to ensure they are connected to the appropriate services on campus that will aid in their assimilation into the campus community.  She enjoys mentoring that includes sharing information with colleagues and students that will be beneficial to their academic, personal, and professional success.   She has a passion for academia and the academic achievement of students that directly and indirectly impact institutional goals. 

Dr. Horn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Alabama State University (2000); Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University-Montgomery (2007); Masters of Adult Education from Troy University-Montgomery (2011); and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University (2019).


Pernell Jenk

Pernell Jenkins
Grant Specialist
GW Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 604-9058

Pernell L. Jenkins is a Grant Specialist at Alabama State University.  Mr. Jenkins has more than 18 years of Banking and Finance experience.  Mr. Jenkins has served as an Assistant Vice and Vice President with several local and National Banks. Pernell also served as an Adjunct Instructor at South University in the School of Business.  He has served as an advocate for small businesses and worked as a Small Business Counselor with the Small Business Development Center of Alabama.  Mr. Jenkins’ formal education includes an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and an Associates degree in Psychology from Troy University, Montgomery.  Mr. Jenkins has completed over 40 hours towards the Doctorate in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship focus from Walden University.


LaTonya Kennedy

LaTonya Kennedy
Institutional Research Specialist
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-6859

Ms. LaTonya Kennedy is a graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She has over 20 years of experience as a financial professional in the banking and mortgage industry. She has been employed with Alabama State University since 2010, working in the areas of Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research.

As the Institutional Research Specialist, Ms. Kennedy assists with data collection, data analysis, external and internal data requests, office publications, assessment reports, federal Title III reports, surveys and other projects as assigned. She updates and maintains the Institutional Research webpage and project management system. Additionally, she serves on various committees and assists in the areas of continuous improvement as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  


LaToya McCain

LaToya McClain
Assessment Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 604-8209

Mrs. McClain has more than 20 years of professional experience that includes Office Administration, Human Resources, technical support of mainframe and client server applications, user training and project support.  Mrs. McClain completed her undergraduate work at Auburn University Montgomery and received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University Montgomery.


Patina Moss

Patina Moss
Assessment Specialist
301 Councill Hall 
(334) 229-7529

Patina Moss has been with Alabama State University since 2011. During Ms. Moss' tenure at ASU, she has had the opportunity to render quality customer service as an Admissions Assistant and provided administrative support in Academic Affairs. Ms. Moss currently works in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness assisting with collecting and assessing data including reviewing policies to ensure they are effective and compliant according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Ms. Moss attended the University of Alabama and the University of Phoenix where she earned a BS in Public Administration.  She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.


Kecia Robertson

Kecia Robertson
Grants and Contracts Administrator
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 604-8078

Kecia Robertson is no stranger to ASU.  The former Benefits Manager in the Office of Human Resources Department for over seven years has returned to the ASU family after serving an appointment as the Director of Compensation and Benefits in the two-year College System, in Texas. She is now the Grants and Contracts Administrator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs where she will utilize her experience in strategic planning, project management, process improvement, contract administration, records management, budgeting and financial reporting, auditing and data analysis, and training to facilitate grants and contracts participation and maintenance.

Kecia acquired these multiple skills throughout her career as a former Director of Compensation and Benefits, former Director of Human Resources and Finance, a Revenue Analyst, a Pardon and Paroles Interstate Compact Assistant, and an Adjunct Instructor at ASU.  In addition, the Montgomery native and Lanier High School graduate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Banking and a Master in Business Administration degree in Human Resources from Troy University.


Shae Robinson

Shae Robinson
Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
120 Life Science Building
(334) 604-9153

Mrs. Shae Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery and her Master of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  As the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator, Mrs. Robinson is responsible for coordinating university processes associated with strategic planning and institutional effectiveness including institutional assessments, compliance and research.  She has over twenty years of experience in higher education, banking, finance, and accounting. Throughout her career she has managed budgets, facilitated workshops, developed trainings, led in data analysis and collection, participated in strategic planning committees and more. 


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Anwarul Siddiqui
Institutional Research Analyst
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 604-9068

Anwarul Siddiqui has many years of experience in data management, analysis and reporting in the private sector. He has worked in Higher Education as an Academic Data and Operations Consultant for 7 years. His expertise and primary interest are in data management and data quality improvement.


Cynthia Swain

Cynthia Swain, Ph.D
Testing Center Coordinator
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-4864

Dr. Cynthia Swain, Testing Center Coordinator, has been with Alabama State University Testing Center since February 2005.  A native of Alabama, she has held positions as Testing Specialist and Evaluation System Operator.  She holds an M. S. in General Counseling from Alabama State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University. She is responsible for establishing policies and procedures to ensure high standards of educational integrity that meet the needs of our students, faculty, administration and community.


Stacy TImmons

Stacey Timmons
Assessment Specialist
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 604-8034

Ms. Timmons is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Timmons has been employed with Alabama State University since 1999. In April 2018, she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Six Sigma is a carefully designed set of tools and techniques that help improve processes within an organization. The primary goal of Six Sigma Certification is to identify errors or defects in a business process and eliminate them.  Her primary responsibilities include training faculty on Sedona Systems for Faculty Credentialing, E-Proctoring, administering national exams such as the National ACT and ACT Residual, file management, data input, and other testing activities. She also implements procedures to guarantee the security of testing materials.


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Avis Wheeler
Learning and Development Officer
Suite 2C Kilby Hall
(334) 604-6882

Mrs. Avis Wheeler is an alumnus of Huntingdon College and Troy State University, Montgomery from which she earned a Master of Science in Management.  She is certified in Training and Development by the University of Alabama and Lean Six Sigma through the Six Sigma Global Institute. Her experience includes conducting needs assessments, career coaching, training development and facilitation. Mrs. Wheeler's expertise lies in soft skills training facilitation including the following topics: Civility in the Workplace, Customer Service, and Team Building.  She holds memberships with the Association for Talent and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management.


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George Williams
QEP/Assessment Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 604-9166

Mr. George Williams serves as a Quality Enhancement Plan and Assessment Specialist for Alabama State University.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Faulkner University.  He has over fifteen years combined experience in Project Management, Data Collection and Analysis.  As a QEP/Assessment Specialist, Mr. Williams will assist in the administration and collection of QEP surveys/assessment data and provide support in the institutional planning and evaluation process. 


Jowaune Williams

Jowaune Williams
Senior Statistician
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 604-9054

Jowaune Williams is a graduate of Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in general counseling. He has been employed with ASU since 2008. His primary responsibilities are performing a wide range of statistical analyses on research projects and studies according to the mission, vision and strategic plan of the University.  He provides a compilation of Institutional data necessary for the completion of various data reports required by off-campus agencies as well as internal requests. Additionally, he acts as the database liaison and interpretive information resource to the University community and serves as a conduit for effective information exchange and collaboration among researchers.