Student Affairs Division Office Staff
Dr. Byrd came to APSU in 2006 after serving for nine years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Auburn University Montgomery. She has also worked at Jacksonville State University and the University of South Alabama. A Nashville native, she graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. degree and a M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education. She earned the Ed.D. degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama. She has been involved in many professional activities and leadership roles including president of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and conference chair for NASPA Region III Summer Symposium. She has served the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) as chair of the Student Affairs Sub-Council and has been appointed to the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee and Common Calendar Committee. Her personal interests include travel, especially experiencing different cultures and viewing wildlife in their natural habitat. She also enjoys photography, following SEC football and collecting foreign coins and currency.
Arriving at Austin Peay State University in July 2007, Dean Singleton previously served as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs at the University of Miami; Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University; and Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Affairs at the University of Memphis. A Tennessee native, Dean Singleton graduated from Jackson State Community College with an A.S. degree; the University of Memphis with both a B.S. in Education and a M.S. in Student Personnel Services and Counseling; a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Florida International University; and has completed his Ed.D. course work at Florida International University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Additionally, he was selected and attended Harvard University as a participant in their Mid-Management Institute. He holds membership in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary; Mortar Board Senior Honorary; Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary; Phi Kappa Phi Education Honorary; Alpha Sigma Lambda Non-Traditional Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Alpha Academic Honorary, Golden Key International Honour Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, and Kappa Alpha Order National Fraternity.
Dean Singleton has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors as the National President, Vice President of Membership (2 terms), National Conference Chair, and as both the President and Secretary of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation. Additionally, he served for 18 years on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC), six as the Executive Director; and was the Executive Director of Rho Lambda National Panhellenic Honorary. He has also served as the National Scholarship Officer for Kappa Alpha Order National Fraternity since 2007, is the current Commander for the William E. Forester Province (West Tennessee and Eastern Arkansas) and is the recipient of the Kappa Alpha Order Interfraternal Service Award, KA Certificate of Service and Certificate of Honor Awards, and a 2009 recipient of the Kappa Alpha Order Knight Commander’s Accolade, the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus of the national fraternity. He was the first male recipient of the Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor’s Award from the National Panhellenic Conference and the first male recipient of the Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor Award from the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference. In 2014, he was recognized by the North American Interfraternity Conference as the receipient of the NIC's Award of Distinction for his volunteer work with Kappa Alpha Order and by Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary as the receipient of the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year for his volunteer work with Omicron Delta Kappa.
Dean Singleton is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities on academic success, and works closely with APSU faculty/staff on meeting the needs of our students. He enjoys travel and volunteer work with both Kappa Alpha Order and in the greater Clarksville/Nashville communities.
Jo was born in Flint, Michigan but moved to Franklin, Tennessee when she was 13. Jo graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in Education and Psychology in 2002. She earned a Master of Science degree in Management from APSU in 2006. Jo lived and worked in upstate New York for two years, Morehead, Kentucky for four years, and Athens, Tennessee for three years. She is very excited about working at her Alma Mater and helping students become their best. Jo is an alumnae of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, loves spending time with her family, watching football, playing volleyball, snuggling with her golden retriever, and meeting new people.
Dr. Bryant began her career at APSU in 1990 and joined the staff in Student Affairs in 1992. Prior to joining APSU she wrote for newspapers and later worked on Music Row in Nashville. She earned her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University, her M.S. degree from APSU, and the Ed.D from Trevecca Nazarene University. During her tenure at APSU she has served with five APSU presidents. She supervises the department of Student Publications, which houses The All State student newspaper, and formerly the APSU yearbook, The Monocle, the student handbook/calendar, the New Student/Parent Guide, and other publications, and she chairs the Student Affairs division assessment committee and coordinates division assessment.
She coordinates the Austin Peay Parent/Family Association and other parent activities. While providing Student Affairs programs through the years she brought notable speakers to campus including, among others, Emmy award-winning journalist and national correspondent Byron Pitts; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental lawyer and activist; Judy Shepard activist, author and mother of murdered Wyoming student Matthew Shepard; Nikki Giovanni, poet, author, professor and activist; Frank Warren, author of PostSecret books and blogs; and Soledad O'Brien, award-winning broadcast journalist. She coordinated the Student Organization and Leader Awards for 12 years adding several awards to recognize outstanding students including the Veteran Student of the Year and the Adult Student Leader of the Year. Earlier in her APSU career she worked with Student Government Association, the Student Allocations Committee, and coordinated the Governors Ambassadors. She has presented at both regional and national conferences. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Laurel Wreath Honor Society, SACSA (Southern Association for College Student Affairs), College Media Advisers (CMA), Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and is an alumnae of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. Dr. Bryant is a volunteer mentor with the Tennessee Achieves program. She is the mother of three sons and a daughter and enjoys her children's activities, music, and her three fur babies, Maci, Sawyer and Stevie.
Stephen joined the staff as Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in February 2014 after serving a year and a half in Fraternity and Sorority Life at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Stephen received his M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University and his Bachelors of Business Administration from Mercer University. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity, and between his undergraduate and graduate work Stephen served as a consultant for Chi Phi Fraternity. He is quite active with many organizations, and serves as the Graduate Student Experience Chair for the Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors, Member of the NPC Advisory Committee, Director of Educational Initiatives/Immediate Past Chair for the Fraternity & Sorority Knowledge for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), Associate Executive Director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference. Stephen strives to assist students with utilizing resources to develop and elevate their fraternal experience while enhancing the community at large.
Patrick joined the staff as Coordinator of Student Publications and Marketing in April 2016 after working at the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville as a Designer II for four years. While with Gannett, he was the lead news designer for the Montgomery Advertiser, and worked on several newspapers around Tennessee including The Leaf-Chronicle. He earned numerous awards for his design work, and was named a finalist for Gannett 4th Quarter Awards in Best Enterprise Design for the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His designs have been featured multiple times on Newseum, Poynter and BuzzFeed as well.
Patrick earned his degree in Mass Communication from Austin Peay State University in 2010, and served as editor-in-chief of The All State for three years while pursuing his masters degree. He is nearing completion of his masters degree at this time and has taught classes for the communications department at APSU. Patrick is a member of the Kappa Sigma National Fraternity, College Media Association, Associated Collegiate Press, and the Southeast Journalism Conference. He is currently serving on the CMA Finance Committee.