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Dr. Leonard Clemons

Dr. Leonard Clemons joined Austin Peay State University as Vice President for Student Affairs on July 10, 2023. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Clemons earned his doctorate in higher education from the University of Miami and his Master of Science in adult and higher education from Northern Illinois University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Kentucky State University, serves on multiple national academic associations and has delivered several regional presentations on student success strategies.

Dr. Clemons has more than 10 years of experience working within academic and student affairs structures at multiple universities. He has served in leadership positions that help drive student success and engagement that align with a curricular journey to create thriving student experiences. Some of his previous roles include: associate vice provost for student success at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the assistant dean of students at the University of Chicago; and assistant dean for student services at the University of Miami.

Dr. Clemons is passionate about higher education with engagement in many professional associations including National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). His service spans into the community with time as a previous board member with the local United Way and American Red Cross in Knoxville. Dr. Clemons also served as Regional President for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. of which he is an active member.

Dr. MartinWith an impressive career, Dr. Michelle Martin brings over 20 years of diversified higher education experience and a strong fiscal and operations background to this important role. She joins us from Louisiana State University (LSU) where she served as Director for Operations & Business for the institution's Online & Continuing Education program. In this role she administered a $47 million budget which included leading teams for innovative fiscal strategy, operational excellence, and driving continuous progress to support program and institution goals. Prior to LSU, she served as the business administrator for the College of Education at Texas Southern University where she managed human and fiscal resources, led grant compliance, directed operating and capital budgets, and assisted with a successful NCATE accreditation.

Her dedication to higher education and service spans through her publications on student success, research in higher education finance and economic impact, contributions to university service, and engagement in the greater local community.

Dr. Martin earned her bachelor of arts in Mathematics from The Catholic University of America, followed by her master of Business Administration from Texas Southern University. She obtained a doctor of philosophy in Higher Education from Jackson State University. She is an active member of the National Association of Women MBAs, National Black MBA Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Greg SingletonArriving at Austin Peay State University in July 2007, Gregory 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, 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.

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 Richard T. Feller Province (State of Tennessee) 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. He has been recognized by the North American Interfraternity Conference as the recipient of the NIC's Award of Distinction and the NIC Silver Medal for his volunteer work with Kappa Alpha Order. In 2014, he was recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary as the recipient of the Morlan-Bishop Faculty Officer of the Year for his volunteer work with Omicron Delta Kappa and in 2023 was named a Trustee Emeritus for Omicron Delta Kappa after serving on the National Board of Trustees for three years. In the spring 2020 semester, Singleton was recognized as one of only 10 national recipients of the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award by the Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. 

Dean Singleton is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities on academic success, and works closely with APSU faculty and 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.  

singletong@apsu.edu         931-221-7341

Sharon WestSharon was born and raised in Ohio and began her Govs journey in 2006 as a full-time staff member. Since then, she has completed her bachelor's degree in general studies with multidisciplinary concentrations in Psychology and Health and her master's degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in several offices on campus over the years. With many years of experience in the mental health field and a background in mental health counseling, Sharon interacts with students, faculty and staff employing empathy and genuine positive regard while providing a safe and nonjudgemental space. 

Sharon's desire as a higher education professional in Student Affairs and the Care Coordinator is for students to experience that they are not alone, we are here to help, and there are many resources on campus designed to help students to stay safe and healthy and to succeed at Austin Peay.

Sharon is proud to be a Gov for almost 20 years and is also an artist who enjoys painting and drawing and anything creative. She enjoys time at the beach, gardening, crocheting and has an interest in interior design. She has two children attending APSU and two fur babies, a 3-legged cat named Raja and a sweet, old Chihuahua named Chimi. 

wests@apsu.edu         931-221-6356

Prior to joining APSU, Dr. Bryant was a newspaper journalist and later worked in marketing and publicity on Music Row in Nashville. She earned her doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University, her Master of Science degree from APSU, and her Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University. In her current role she is responsible for division assessment and institutional effectiveness compliance. She supervises the department of Student Publications, which houses The All State student newspaper (and formerly the APSU yearbook The Monocle) and other publications and communications. Her team produces the Student Handbook, and she created and published the former New Student Guide and the Parent and Family Guide. She coordinates the Austin Peay Parent & Family Association, and she is responsible for the APSU Parent and Family Portal and other parent communications. Dr. Bryant has taught the University 101 course for several years and greatly enjoys working with her students. 

In previous years, she brought notable speakers to campus including, among others, Emmy award-winning journalist and national correspondent Byron Pitts; 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; Dr. Terrance Roberts known for lessons from the "Little Rock Nine"; 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. She previously coordinated the Unity Celebration Event and International Night, and earlier in her APSU career she worked with Student Government Association, advised the Student Allocations Committee, and coordinated the Governors Ambassadors. She has presented at both regional and national conferences.

She is a member and circle adviser of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, member of Laurel Wreath Honor Society, SACSA (Southern Association for College Student Affairs), member of College Media Advisers (CMA) and holds a CMA Adviser Certificate, Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL). Dr. Bryant is an alumnae of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and enjoys serving as a volunteer mentor with the Tennessee Achieves program. She is the mother of three sons and a daughter.

bryantt@apsu.edu         931-221-6258

Claudia was born in Ft. Hood, Texas, but moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1996 when her father was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, as part of the 5th Special Forces Group. Claudia graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Radiologic Technology in 2010. She earned a Master in Public Health degree in Community Health and Preventive Medicine from Baylor University in 2021. After working in Medical Imaging for 13 years, she is excited to be working at her Alma Mater and helping students stay well, safe, and connected. Claudia enjoys spending time with her family and watching anything sports related. 


alonzoc@apsu.edu        931-221-6226

Michael serves as the Coordinator of Student Publications and Communications. In that role, he serves as the adviser to the student newspaper, The All State, and coordinates and designs publications and communications for the division.

Michael brings an award-winning 25-plus year career that spans multiple states in newspaper journalism, marketing, media, design and photography. Some of his photography has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Street & Smith, & Women’s World Magazine. He also serves as the official championship photographer for the Ohio Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament and he has served as the director of photography for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

When Micheal has free time, you can find him cheering on his favorite sports teams and spending time with his wife, Cassie, and their three boys who may or may not be all named after Spider-Man characters, but they are, and the letters just so happen to coincide with the letters of his favorite sandwich.

dannm@apsu.edu         931-221-7375

Lynne has been an employee of Austin Peay since August 1990 and joined the Student Affairs division in 1995. She earned a B.S. in Sociology and is a Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Little Sister, an alumnae of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and is the on campus advisor for the Rho Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. She is a Clarksville native and is active in the community at Trinity Episcopal Church, as a board member of Academy for Academic Excellence School and as a vocalist in two local bands. 

halliburtonl@apsu.edu         931-221-6844

Vanessya FountainVanessya was born in Clarksville and raised in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, as the youngest child of a military family. She has been employed with Austin Peay State University since April 1992 and started working in the Minority Affairs Office. She later joined the team in Student Affairs in 1996. She earned a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in Religious Studies and a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication from Austin Peay. In her free time Vanessya loves gardening, reading and Chicago Style Stepping.





fountainv@apsu.edu         931-221-7341

Brit SherleyBrit was born in Blufton, Indiana and moved to Middle Tennessee in 1996. She is an APSU alum with a Bachelor of Science degree, concentration in Music Education. She moved to Clarksville following graduation. She worked as an elementary school music teacher in the Robertson and Clarksville-Montgomery County School systems from 2015-2022 and was honored to receive School Level Teacher of the Year in 2020. Brit joined Student Affairs Assessment in July 2023. In her free time Brit enjoys cooking, songwriting and performing in musical groups around Clarksville.

sherleyb@apsu.edu         931-221-6570