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Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society taps two alums to Academic Hall of Fame

April 15, 2003

Two Austin Peay alumni will be inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during the annual induction ceremony slated for 5 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the Joe Morgan University Center Ballroom.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Wayne Lacy, Phi Kappa Phi vice president for the Southeast Region. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest and most selective national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in all fields of higher education.
April 15, 2003

Two Austin Peay alumni will be inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during the annual induction ceremony slated for 5 p.m., Thursday, April 24 in the Joe Morgan University Center Ballroom.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Wayne Lacy, Phi Kappa Phi vice president for the Southeast Region. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest and most selective national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in all fields of higher education.

Dr. Timothy D. Cleaveland of Athens, Ga., and Ronnie D. Carter of Fredericksburg, Va., were selected for induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Academic Hall of Fame.

Cleaveland joined the University of Georgia in 2001 as an assistant professor of history. From 1995-2001, he was an assistant professor of history at the University of Florida. He served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon from 1984-86.

After graduating summa cum laude from APSU in 1983 with a history major and sociology and political science minors, he earned his doctorate in history from Northwestern University in 1995.

Cleaveland, whose primary fields of interest are the history of slavery as well as the ethnicity and gender in Islamic West Africa and the Sahara, is the author of the book “Becoming Walata: A History of Saharan Social Formation and Transformation,” printed in 2001 by Heinemann Press.

He has published several scholarly articles and presented papers to many professional associations.

Cleaveland is proficient in French, having spent more than four years working in Francophone, West Africa. He also is proficient in Arabic, having completed three years of Arabic at Northwestern University and studied Hassaniyya Arabic for two years in Mauritania. With five months of living in East Africa, he has specialized reading skills in Sahrawi and Sudani script and rudimentary language skills in Kiswahili.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, African Studies Association, Saharan Studies Association, South East Regional African Studies Association and the West Africa Research Association.

Ronnie D. Carter was a founding member of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the new federal agency formed by the Aviation Transportation Security Act of November 2001. Under this act, TSA is charged with providing security for the traveling public and for all commercial transportation.

As the fifth person to join the first pure government start-up agency in 70 years, Carter has been instrumental in setting the policy and programs surrounding President George Bush's national security initiative, which was brought about by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As senior policy adviser to the Office of the Administrator of TSA, Carter has briefed the secretary of transportation, deputy secretary, chief of staff and the administrator on policy issues.

Currently, he is charged with establishing the national logistics network for TSA's field operations.

In 1988 Ron Carter earned a bachelor's degree from APSU with a major in history and a minor in political science. In 1996, he received a master's degree in public administration from the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

After his APSU graduation, Carter served as a professional military officer in the United States Marine Corps. Now he is a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, serving the War Fighting Command/Joint Operations Center at Quantico, Va.

From 1996 until he was named to his current position in Washington, D.C., he was an executive adviser to cabinet-level officials in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

In addition to the induction of these two outstanding alumni into the Academic Hall of Fame, 35-40 students will be inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, along with two faculty/staff inductees to be announced later.

Friends and relatives of Cleaveland, Carter and the student inductees are encouraged to attend the brief ceremony and the fingertip buffet afterwards.

For reservations for the light buffet, please contact Dr. Linda Thompson, PKP president-elect and professor of nursing, by e-mail.