The President’s Cabinet consists of representatives of the five major divisions across campus including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, University Advancement, Business and Operations and the Office of Information Technology and Services.
Together, these leaders work along with the President to ensure that students are provided engaging, learning experiences and can actively participate in community service to achieve academic success and realize their dreams.
Dr. Kevin Demmitt
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kevin Demmitt serves as the Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Clayton State University, where he began teaching in 1994.
He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University and M.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University. He is the author of Marriage and Family: An Introduction Using ExplorIt and co-author of Marriage and Family: The Quest for Intimacy.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Demmitt has served as the Director of the Honors Program, founding coordinator of the sociology and criminal justice degree programs, a mentor in Clayton State’s Center for Instructional Development and the Associate Vice President for Extended Programs.
Dr. Demmitt is married to Audrey Demmitt and has three grown children happily pursuing their own careers.
Goals for Academic Affairs
Dr. Shakeer Abdullah
Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr. Shakeer Abdullah serves as the vice president of Student Affairs. Abdullah oversees the Division of Student Affairs which supports student learning and success through quality programs, services, and initiatives.
Dr. Abdullah previously served as assistant vice president for Equity and Diversity at The University of Minnesota and previously as director of the Multicultural Center at Auburn University. He holds a doctorate in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University, a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s in Management from Wittenberg University.
Dr. Abdullah has published in the area of multicultural competence and has written a 2012 book entitled Baptism by Fire: An Investigation of the Experiences and Multicultural Competence of Diversity Staff in Higher Education.
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Vice President of University Advancement
Kate Troelstra serves as the vice president of University Advancement. She oversees the areas of development, alumni relations, marketing and communications. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she began her development career there as a phonathon caller and later phonathon supervisor.
Troelstra is a 25-year development professional spending seven years in annual giving before moving into major gifts. She has experience in a wide range of fundraising settings including liberal arts colleges, public research universities, professional schools, and independent schools.
Prior to joining Clayton State University, Troelstra was the Senior Director of Development at Clemson University where she oversaw prospect research, managed hiring, employee orientation, and professional development, prepared most reports and analysis for the campaign and reinvestment fee, and carried a portfolio of major gift prospects focused mainly in Atlanta.
Before Clemson, Troelstra was at Providence Day School for ten years – first as Associate Director of Development/Director of Major Gifts and then as Assistant Headmaster for Development where she was responsible for all development, alumni, and communications programs. At Providence, she managed a significant portfolio of major gifts prospects, was responsible for all campaign events and directed all prospect and volunteer management.
Her experience prior to Providence Day includes managing a team of 1,500 volunteers as Associate Director of Annual Giving at Rutgers University and implementing a volunteer structure for both annual and major gifts as a Major Gifts Officer at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.
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Vice President of Business and Operations
Corlis Cummings serves as the vice president for Business & Operations. Cummings is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all functions related to Operations, Business and Finance, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Public Safety, Business and Auxiliary Services at Clayton State University.
She has served in various roles in the University System of Georgia including interim chancellor, chief operating officer and executive vice chancellor, and senior vice chancellor for Support Services.
As interim chancellor she was the chief executive officer of the state of Georgia’s 35 public colleges and institutions with responsibility for a 4.6 billion dollar total system budget.
Prior to her appointment as senior vice chancellor, she held the position of assistant vice chancellor for Legal Affairs. From 1995 until September 2000, Cummings was an attorney with the Board of Regents, where she handled various transactions for the Regents System Office, University System and institutions.
She worked closely with the Attorney General's office and other state agencies and departments on various projects and initiatives. Cummings served as assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to that, she was an associate in the South Carolina office of the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough.
She has served on several statewide committees and steering groups, as well as University System committees. She has made numerous presentations, co-authored articles on copyrights and is the recipient of several awards and honors.
A native of Atlanta, Cummings earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia. She attended Washington University School of Law, in St. Louis, and earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia.
Cummings is the mother of two wonderful children, Corric, a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University, and Chandler, a University of Georgia undergraduate.
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Vice President of Information Technology and Services
Gruszka serve as vice president of Information Technology and Services. He provides vision, leadership and oversight for all computing functions of the University, including the campus network, the campus data center and all enterprise applications necessary to operate as a University as well as providing support to all of the faculty, staff and students in their use of computers and computer systems.
As such, he manages the Departments of Enterprise Applications, Print Services, Technology Infrastructure and Client Services, which includes the award winning HUB, a walk-up help desk located in the University Center.
Gruszka has been in his current position since June of 2014 when he began as Interim Vice President of Information Technology and Service. The position became permanent in November of 2014.
Gruszka has been in Executive Management roles in universities in New York, Georgia and Alabama since 1990, including positions as Interim Chief Technology Officer at SUNY Oswego and Chief Information Officer at Southern Polytechnic State University.
Gruszka holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Cleveland State University. In addition to his early career in various manufacturing companies in the private sector, Gruszka has taught as an Adjunct Faculty in Engineering, Computer Science and Business for 20 years.
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