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APSU names Florida State College administrator as assistant VP of Academic Affairs

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Lynne Sponaugle Crosby, a high-level administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), was recently named assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Dr. Lynne Sponaugle Crosby, a high-level administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), was recently named assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University.

Brian Johnson, now president of Tuskegee University, previously served as assistant provost until August 2013, when he was named vice president of APSU’s Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research. Dr. Lori Buchanan, professor of Library Administration, served as interim assistant provost for the last two years. Crosby, the executive dean/associate vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at FSCJ, will begin her new role at APSU on Nov. 1. She will assist Dr. Rex Gandy, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

“I am impressed with the widespread and sincere dedication of faculty and staff in promoting the success of Austin Peay students,” Crosby said. “APSU is well known as being one of the best colleges and universities to work for in the nation. I look forward to joining the APSU community and supporting Dr. White and Dr. Gandy in advancing the university’s mission and goals.”

At FSCJ, Crosby oversaw the school’s successful 2014 reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the same accrediting body for APSU. Prior to becoming associate vice president and executive dean, she was director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at FSCJ from September 2009-June 2012.

From June 2003-September 2009, Crosby was director of program development in the liberal arts and sciences division at FSCJ. She also served as program coordinator for military education and corporate college at Florida Community College at

Jacksonville (FCCJ) and instructional program coordinator for FCCJ’s Distance Learning Office. Prior to working in Florida, Crosby worked in a variety of positions in student affairs and learning community projects at other public and private universities.

Crosby is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including the 2011 Quality Leadership Award from FSCJ and the Best Paper Award at the Distance Learning Administration Conference in 2003. In 1999, the Virginia Tech Student Affairs Division created the Lynne Sponaugle-Crosby Award for graduate and professional employees.

Crosby earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2010 from the University of Florida. She received her M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University and her bachelor’s degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Institutional Research from both FSU and Penn State University.