Clayton State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shakeer Abdullah as vice president of Student Affairs, effective August 1, 2018.
“Dr. Abdullah brings extensive experience and education in the areas of diversity and student support services. We look forward to his leadership in student affairs as we continue to move the University forward as a national model for community engagement,” says Dr. Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State University.
Abdullah will oversee the Division of Student Affairs which supports student learning and success through quality programs, services, and initiatives. The Division is committed to providing resources to all students, ensuring their learning experiences extend beyond the classroom.
“I'm excited about joining the Clayton State community and I'm looking forward to working with students, staff and faculty to advance the strategic goals that have been established for the university. I'm grateful to the search committee for selecting me for this role and I'm proud to join the legacy of outstanding leaders who have served in this role prior to me! I've been preparing for this role my whole career and I can't wait to get to know everyone as we explore the work to make dreams real!” says Abdullah.
Most recently, Abdullah 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.
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.
Dr. Elaine Manglitz, who is currently serving as Vice President of Student Affairs, will continue to lead the division until August 1, before her official retirement.
Dr. Kevin Demmitt, provost and vice president of academic affairs, led the search in which the campus community was included throughout the process to provide their feedback.