Meet the Leadership Team
Dr. Carl Pettis
Provost for Academic Affairs
Dr. Carl S. Pettis is a proud alumnus of Alabama State University (ASU). Dr. Pettis was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree (2001 Major – mathematics and minor – computer science) and the Master of Science degree (2003 Mathematics) from ASU. Dr. Pettis received his doctorate degree in mathematics from Auburn University in 2006. He was the first graduate of the Alabama Bridge to the Doctorate Program. He has since published a number of research articles in the area of Design Theory. Dr. Pettis currently serves as the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is also a professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at ASU.
Additionally, Dr. Pettis is the principal investigator for three National Science Foundation initiatives at ASU, namely the Greater Alabama Black Belt Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GABBR-LSAMP), INCLUDES and a Targeted Infusion Project for Big Data Analytics. He also serves as the director for several federally funded K-12 educational activities such as the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), the UNITE Program, the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program, and the Institute for Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology (IMSET).
Whenever he is asked, what made you choose to return to ASU, Pettis simply responds, “Where else but the place that helped to shape and mold me into the man that I am today would I choose as my professional oasis, a place that will allow me to shape and mold the lives of others”.
Dr. Kennedy Wekesa
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kennedy S. Wekesa serves as The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and is a tenured full professor of biology at Alabama State University. Dr. Wekesa received his B.S. in Biology from Guilford College in 1989, an M.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 1996.In the past 20 years at ASU, he has received more than $15 million in extramural research and training support from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). He has successfully conducted research in sensory transduction mechanisms at ASU, where he engages students in teaching, research and mentoring. National and international peer reviewed journals have published his successful research. He has presented his research findings at several institutions and his opinions have been published in The Scientist, Bloomberg News and USA Today.
Dr. Tanjula Petty
Assistant Provost for Student Success and Special Initiatives
Dr. Tanjula Petty has over 18 years of extensive higher education experience. Dr. Petty has served as a Chief Academic Officer in Alabama and Georgia. She is an accomplished, collaborative, energetic, experienced, and a Lean Six Sigma servant leader with extensive experience in a multiplicity of areas in higher education, including but not limited to, academic and student affairs, diversity, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness and research, fiscal accountability, facilities planning, public relations, assessments, strategic planning, student learning outcomes, and accreditation standards. Additionally, she serves as an evaluator for SACSCOC.
She completed her doctoral studies at ASU and was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Chi Honor Society; receiving the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award presented by the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) and ProQuest, and joined the ranks of award recipients in the ProQuest “Hall of Scholars”.
Dr. Petty’s research and teaching interests focus on accountability in higher education first generation students, leadership, motivational factors of at-risk students, student success, and the benefits of educational pathways.