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Meet the Enrollment and Student Achievement Team!

Dr. Nancy KingSanders, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Student Achievement & Registrar
Dr. Nancy KingSanders

Dr. KingSanders is in her fourth year at Austin Peay State University. She is committed to ensuring Student Access and Success where students are rewarded with a high return on investment when students complete their college degree.

Dr. KingSanders has a wealth of higher education experience to include prior appointments as Associate Vice President for Student Success, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, as well as attaining tenure and the rank of full professor in the Music Department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

In 2016, the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Cengage Learning presented Dr. KingSanders with its Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award. She also served as Principal Investigator on “Partnering for Student Success in South Texas,” a $3.8 million Department of Education grant, and as Co-Principal Investigator for a $2.625 Million Department of Education Grant, Integrating a Culture of Academic Research and Engagement, I-CARE.

Dr. KingSanders has presented her research at The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in partnership with National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Conference, AHE National Leadership Summit, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Conference, and the Educational Policy Improvement Center.A talented clarinetist, Dr. KingSanders earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, her Master of Music from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music Education from Texas State University.

Lois Briones, Administrative Assistant 3 of Enrollment and Student Achievement

Lois Briones has worked at Austin Peay State University since November 2007.  She started her career path in the University Facilities Office, where she served as the Reservation Specialist for five (5) years.  In July 2012, she was selected as the Administrative Assistant for Student Achievement.  She is a proud alumna of Austin Peay, having graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2014.  She is grateful to serve in a position whose sole purpose is to help the students and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

Amy Corlew, Executive Director of Office of Admissions/Orientation/Dual Enrollment
Amy Corlew

Amy Corlew came to Austin Peay State University in 1996 working in the Office of Admissions in numerous capacities and was recently named Executive Director of Admissions. In her tenure, she has worked with thousands of students to achieve their higher education goals.  

Amy has also directed implementation of new software and technologies to enhance the customer experience of admissions and enrolling at APSU. In her professional career, Amy has been very involved with the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and served as President in 2009. She is the currently the recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Impact Award presented by the Division of Student Affairs. 

Outside of her professional career, Amy is a devoted wife and mother of two.  She is an avid sports fan and loves to travel.

Dr. Allen Barger, Executive Director of General and Professional Studies
Dr. Allen Barger

Dr. Allen Barger has worked at Austin Peay since July of 2004. He started as an Academic & Career Advisor, worked as a Student Success Coordinator, Director of Student Success, and is now the Executive Director of General and Professional Studies. Additionally, he has been an adjunct instructor for APSU 1000 and the Leadership Department. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Slippery Rock University and his doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also studied in Ecuador, Mexico, and Germany.

Blaire Hodge-Woodring, Director of Learning Resource Center
Blaire Woodring

Blaire Hodge-Woodring has worked at Austin Peay since 2020 as a World Literature instructor. Before APSU, she taught literacy in the Clarksville-Montogomery County School System for 14 years. Blaire earned her bachelor of science degree and her master of arts in education as a literacy specialist from Austin Peay State University. She is a semester away from earning her doctorate in educational leadership in higher education administration from Austin Peay State University. 

Donna Price, Executive Director of  Student Financial Aid/Scholarships/Veterans Education Benefits

Donna Price’s first experience with Austin Peay State University was as a traditional undergraduate, first-generation student, earning both a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degree. As an employee, Donna has worked in the Enrollment Management/Student Achievement division of Academic Affairs for 29 years.  Her first 13 years at Austin Peay were in progressive positions in the Office of Admissions. Currently, Donna serves as the Executive Director of Student Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans Education Benefits.   It is the love of the students and the satisfaction in how our work contributes to their success that is the most rewarding aspect of being Director of Financial Aid.


Dr. Shawn Harding, Director of Office of Undergraduate Persistence
Dr. Shawn Harding

Dr. Shawn Harding has worked at Austin Peay State University since August 2019. Dr. Harding served as a peer tutor and GTA for the university prior to earning a full-time position. Dr. Harding has worked at the university as an Academic Advisor and Student Success Professional at the Office of Student Success, Student Services Coordinator for the Office of the Registrar, and now the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Persistence. Dr. Harding is dedicated to the students of Austin Peay State University, and has a primary focus in facilitating new initiatives that will help empower students.