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Sims named interim director of African American Cultural Center

A longtime employee of APSU has been chosen to serve as interim director of the W. N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

Beverly Sims will assume her new post Aug. 15, after working in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs since August 1991. Previously, she served in an interim capacity as assistant director of the Office of Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services.

Sims earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Bethel College and a Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University.

Sims has been involved in many programs at Austin Peay, including the A-Square Program (summer bridge program for incoming African-American students), ASTAR (summer pre-collegiate program for African-American high school students), MAAPS (peer advisement for African-American students), Office of Student Success (retention-focused program for African American students) and SHOES (program to help incoming students acclimate to college life.)

“I'm excited about the opportunity to continue to work closely with students, and I look forward to aiding them in any way I can as they strive to reach their goals,” Sims says. As interim director, she wants to ensure the continuation of the programs typically offered through the center.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe, APSU president, says, “Beverly has served the University well in her previous roles and is widely respected across campus. I'm confident she will provide strong leadership for the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.”
—Dennie Burke