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Institutional effectiveness, Upward Bound and Community Arts Program get new staff members

August 28, 2002

Austin Peay officials recently announced the hiring of three full-time staff members.

Gregory Schutz comes to the University as director of institutional research and effectiveness from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), where he served as assistant director for academic affairs since 2000.

At THEC, Schutz created a relational database to track 25 years of enrollment and graduation data for Tennessee's public universities and community colleges. He also published a state higher education fact book and annual accountability reports for Tennessee higher education and K-16 levels.

Prior to his THEC appointment, Schutz was director for veterans services at the University of South Carolina — Columbia, where he earned a master's degree in higher education administration in 2000. He is pursuing a doctorate in public administration from Tennessee State University.

Schutz has held offices in several professional organizations, including Chi Delta Chi Veterans Honor Society. In 2001, he participated in the Leadership and Management Institute at Middle Tennessee State University and won the Tennessee Association of Institutional Research Best Paper Award.

Marsha Lyle-Gonga, who served as interim director since May 2002, has been appointed project director of High School Upward Bound. She manages budgets and coordinates activities with APSU and community groups for the federal grant program, which helps local high school students with academic potential but limited resources.

Originally coming to Austin Peay in 1998 as an adjunct instructor of political science, a position she still holds, Lyle-Gonga also worked as an academic counselor in Student Support Services.

From 1997 until 2001, she was employed concurrently by Hopkinsville Community College as a tutorial counselor and transfer coordinator. Her duties included providing academic, career and financial aid advice, giving academic workshops and conducting diagnostic test training.

Lyle-Gonga received a master's degree in urban administration/public administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, in 1997 and a bachelor's degree in political science and social studies from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, in 1995. She is pursuing a doctorate in public policy from Walden University, Minneapolis, and her professional memberships include the Southeastern and Kentucky chapters of the Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

Carrie Jackson is the new assistant coordinator/Suzuki violin instructor for Austin Peay's Community School for the Arts, which offers a variety of extended education classes, including instrument training and dance.

She has a master's degree in viola performance from the University of Georgia, where she worked as orchestra librarian of the symphony and director of the Community Music School during 1998-2002. She also was a violin/viola instructor with the Suzuki Talent Education Program in Atlanta in 2001-2002.

Jackson's bachelor's degree in viola performance is from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she worked as orchestra librarian of the symphony and performed as a section player in the school's international music program.

Her other concert experience includes being a section player with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Columbus Symphony and Gainesville Symphony, where she also performed as a principal. Jackson was a principal with the UGA and Athens symphony orchestras in 1999-2002.