Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Cynthia D. Sellers, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Sellers has over 37 years of experience in higher education and has served 16 of those years in senior administrative positions with increasing responsibilities, at both public and private universities. Currently she serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Prior to her position at Tuskegee, she served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and Assistant to the President, Vice President for Student Affairs and Freshman Orientation Instructor at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Other positions at Fort Valley State University include Director of the Counseling and Career Development Center, and Counselor in the Counseling Center. Dr. Sellers also served as Counselor in the Special Services Program at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama prior to accepting employment at Fort Valley State University.
She participated in several executive leadership training and professional development programs including the Kellogg/NAFEO Leadership Fellows Program; Oxford University Round Table; Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit; Nissan-ETS HBCU Summer Institute Fellows Program; and the Millennium Leadership Institute Fellows Program sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Also, Dr. Sellers enhanced her professional development by participating in international seminars for faculty/administrators in Africa (Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa); Brazil (Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro and Bahia); and England (Oxford and London).
Dr. Sellers holds memberships and is active in numerous professional organizations. Additionally, she has served in numerous leadership roles in several professional organizations including President, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP); Chair, Council of Past Presidents, NASAP; Nomination Chair, NASAP; Editorial Board, NASAP Journal; President, Georgia College Student Personnel Association; Treasurer, Georgia College Student Personnel Association; Vice President, NAFEO Institute for Chief Student Affairs Officers; Executive Council, American College Counseling Association; Secretary, American College Counseling Association; Governing Council, American Counseling Association; and Board Member, Georgia Composite Licensure Board of Professional Counselors, a 10-year appointment made by the Governor of Georgia.
In recognition of her leadership, intellectual and scholarly achievements, as well as her dedicated service to higher education, Dr. Sellers has received numerous honors and awards. She has made several presentations at local, state and national professional conferences; has written several articles that were published in professional journals and newsletters; and has secured external funds.
Throughout her career, Dr. Sellers has gained experience related to accreditation and recertification. She has served on several Institutional SACS Accreditation Committees and has served on a SACS Reaffirmation Committee for a college and a high school. Dr. Sellers also has served as Chair of Hampton University’s Division I NCAA Recertification Process.
On the national level, Dr. Sellers has had opportunities to share her professional wisdom. She has served as a reader for the Bill Gates Scholar Program and has served as a consultant for Noel Levitz, a national student retention agency that provides assistance to colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Committed to community service, Dr. Sellers is very active in the community. She serves as a member of several civic and social organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., Civitan Club, Optimist Club, YMCA Board of Directors, Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church, the local Tuskegee Alumni Club, and the Tuskegee National Alumni Association.
Dr. Sellers received both the Bachelor of Science degree (1974) in Social Studies Education with a minor in Spanish and the Master of Education degree (1975) in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education with a concentration in Counseling from Tuskegee University. She received the Doctor of Philosophy degree (1990) in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Management from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sellers also completed postdoctoral work (1993) at Harvard University in their Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program and was licensed as a professional counselor (1987) in the State of Georgia.
She is the proud mother of two daughters, Latasha Sellers Williams, M.D, and Kettisha Sellers Wimes; grandmother of four (Javian Wimes, Kaylah Wimes, Joshua Williams and Jordan Williams); and mother-in-law of two (Jason Williams, M.D. and Jason Wimes).
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