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Meet the Staff

Incoming Director, Marcelius Braxton, J.D.

Mr. Braxton is ecstatic to be joining Austin Peay State University as the new Director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.  He is joining us from Missouri S&T, where he served as a Student Service Coordinator for the Student Diversity, Outreach, and Women’s (SDOWP) Programs.  In his capacity as Student Service Coordinator, he was the Director of the SDOWP Mentoring Program, Diversity Leadership Council, Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering Summer Camp, and the Missouri S&T HBCU Partnership Program.  He was also the advisor for the Missouri S&T chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Black Man’s Think Tank (BMTT).  Marcelius’s educational background includes a B.S. in Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science with a certificate in African Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri.  Marcelius is excited to build on the already great work of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, and he is committed to working with members of the Austin Peay academic community as well as the community at large to contribute to a thriving, inclusive, and innovative cultural center.

Administrative Assistant


Graduate Assistant

Zenobia King


Zenobia is originally from Mound Bayou, MS and resides in Nashville, TN. She attended Austin Peay state University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Political Science with concentration in Legal Studies. She will be attending Austin Peay State University as a graduate student majoring in Corporate Communications. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Social Media and Marketing Assistant

Celeste Malone


Celeste Malone is originally from Murfreesboro, TN. She is currently attending Austin Peay State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts with a focus in Public Relations. She is a part of the PRSSA Chapter at APSU and is also a writer for the “The All State”, Austin Peay’s student run newspaper. Celeste enjoys getting to know new people, blogging, reading James Patterson novels and spending time with friends. She is a proud Gov and is very excited about becoming a part of the WNDAACC family.

Student Workers

Alma Adams

Mark Thaxton


Alma is from Jackson, Tennessee. She is a chemistry major with a forensic science concentration. She is involved with many organizations on campus such as the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, XEM Club, and Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity. She enjoys volunteering with children, reading, and roadtripping.


Mark is a third year student from Pinson, Tennessee. He is a health and human performance major. Mark involves himself in multiple on-campus groups including Achievers and Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He enjoys music, hanging with family and friends, and is always willing to lend a helping hand when possible.

Cortney Grisham

Rodrick Darvin


Cortney is from Nashville, Tennessee. She is studying health care management. While here at the center, Cortney enjoys assisting others in any way possible. In her spare time she loves to exercise and hang out with family. Cortney’s life goal is to assist in bettering the medical conditions of individuals suffering abroad.


Rodrick is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is majoring psychology and looking to pursue a minor in criminal justice. He enjoys music, helping others, playing recreational sports and being involved on campus. 

Daniella McNair

Sarah Neely


Daniella is from Clarksville, Tennessee. She is majoring in Visual Communications. She is a member of the Honors Program and enjoys getting involved on campus. She enjoys playing piano and guitar, creating art, reading, and volunteering in her church and community.


Sarah is from Jackson, Tennessee. She is majoring in Forensic Chemistry and is a part of the President’s Emerging Leaders Program. Her hobbies include singing, reading, and playing softball. She looks forward to welcoming all the 2015 freshman to the WNDAACC family.