Institutional Effectiveness Staff
Tanjula Petty, Ed.D.
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Initiatives, and Transformation
215 Councill Hall
Dr. Tanjula Petty is an experienced administrator who leads policy development and inspires change through collaborative leadership and data driven decision-making. She has an Ed.D in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University, a MS in Public Administration, and a BS in Resource Management, both from Troy University. A Lean Six Sigma servant leader with extensive experience and proven record of collaborative and partnership efforts is most known for her transformative leadership skills, with a direct focus on moving the needle for student success in higher education.
Dr. Petty is a passionate, outcomes-oriented leader who has dedicated her career to advancing access and student success through a lens of equity for disadvantaged students. Dr. Petty is considered a scholar-practitioner and possesses a wealth of experience in accreditation, academic affairs, student services, diversity, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness and research, fiscal accountability, facilities planning, public relations, strategic planning, and workforce development/career and technical education. Dr. Petty has expertise in program administration, new initiative development, increasing institutional resources, developing partnerships, and providing oversight of federal grant-funded programs. She is the Co-principal investigator (Co-PI) for the ASU GEAR-UP initiative funded for $24.7-million-dollars by the U.S. Department of Education. She served as the Principal Investigator and was awarded $2.4 million Predominantly Black Institution Grant (PBI) to enhance online learning by the U.S. Department of Education. She has built partnerships and programs to increase the outreach, access, and retention of underrepresented populations. Dr. Petty has served in key roles of several multi-million-dollar capital construction projects supporting academic instruction and student support services, as she worked to gain the support of local and state legislators to obtain funding for $4.9 million to add 28,633 square feet to the Carlton Construction Academy, adding academic programming to support workforce development. Additionally, she worked in tandem with the university president to successfully gain the support of the governor to obtain funding for $763,000 from the Public School and College Authority for modifications to the off-site campus. Dr. Petty led the efforts to secure a $200,000 HBCU technology grant, in addition to working with corporate partners to acquire $100,000 and $250,000 gifts to support online infrastructure and technologies during the pandemic. Dr. Petty also launched the partnership with Montgomery Community Action to provide children with access to early education opportunities using facilities located on campus, which led to institutional revenue cost savings of $2.5 million.
She has presented nationally on assessment, disadvantaged and first-generation students, retention, campus collaboration, and improving campus cultures. She authored A Challenge to Higher Education Leaders in the Wake of a Social Injustice Crisis and Leading in The Midst of a Crisis book chapter for Magna Publications and is published in the College Student Journal and the National Teacher Education Journal. She is on the Advisory Board of Leadership in Higher Education and an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Assistant Vice President for Planning & Strategic Analysis
301 Council Hall
Bryn Bakoyéma began serving as the Director of Institutional Research at Alabama State University in 2017. She recently transitioned into the role of Assistant Vice President for Planning & Strategic Analysis where her primary focus will be in managing the strategic goals of the university as well as the Assessment initiatives in accordance with SACSCOC. She has over 15 years of experience in data management, research, and evaluation for higher education, non-profit, and governmental organizations. She has been instrumental in leading the development and implementation of systems and processes to support continuous improvement and achievement of outcomes. Bryn has a B.S. in Agronomy and a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University. This eclectic educational background, along with diverse work experiences, provides Bryn a broad and holistic perspective to quickly assess organizational needs and contribute to strategic goals. Bryn has experience conducting educational and social service program evaluations, and her research interests focus on higher education administration, policy, and workforce connections.
125 Life Science Building
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.
Institutional Research Analyst I
205 McGehee Hall
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 Analyst, Ms. Kennedy assists with data collection, data analysis, external and internal data requests for college leadership, academic support units, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders. She is the Qualtrics survey software administrator, co-facilitator of survey trainings, assigns survey access and provide administrative support to the campus community. She assists with the annual office publications, assessment reports, federal Title III reports, and other projects as assigned. She updates and maintain 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).
Institutional Research Analyst II
205 McGehee Hall
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.
Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
Suite 2C Kilby Hall
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.
125 Life Science Building
Mr. George Williams serves as an 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 an Assessment Specialist, Mr. Williams will assist in the administration and collection of QEP surveys/assessments, data and provide support in the institutional planning and evaluation process.
Director of Institutional Research
205 McGehee Hall
Jowaune Williams began his career at Alabama State University in 2008 as the Institutional Research Assistant. He was promoted to Statistician in 2013 and to Senior Statistician in 2017. Mr. Williams worked his way up within the Office of Institutional Research and currently serves as the Director. As the Director, he oversees the collection, analysis and dissemination of institutional data in support of the University’s strategic plan, enrollment management and decision-making activities. He leads a team responsible for providing a compilation of institutional data necessary for the completion of various data reports to campus constituencies and external agencies required by state and federal law. Mr. Williams serves as the Tableau software administrator that oversees the Tableau data visualization dashboards on the ASU website. Additionally, he performs administrative support as it relates to the Tableau software. He is an alumnus of Alabama State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in General Counseling. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.