Dr. Toni Sims-Muhammad was recently promoted at Allen University as the associate vice president for academic affairs.

In her new position, Sims-Muhammad, whose higher education career spans for more than 27 years, will work directly with the Executive Leadership Team to further advance cutting edge strategies and solutions for retention, coordinate the University’s recently SACSCOC approved Distance Education Program for a successful launch and maintain critical elements that support the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

Sims-Muhammad obtained an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. She received a master’s degree in social science and sociology from Grambling State University. She earned a doctorate degree in African American studies from Clark Atlanta University. She recently completed the Academic Leadership Academy at Penn State University’s College of Education, Center for the Study of Higher Education.

Since joining Allen University in 2017, Sims-Muhammad received appointments as chair of the social science department, the Quality Enhancement Plan (Q.E.P.), the Ad-Hoc Committee on Retention, and coordinator for Distance Education. She has held faculty positions at colleges and universities in Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia.

Sims-Muhammad said she is excited about her new role. "I am honored and humbled to be embraced and accepted by the Executive Leadership Team, as well as my colleagues.” “I intend to continue contributing to making Allen University ‘All That Can Be Imagined!’”

For more information, contact Dr. Teesa Brunson, director of development/associate vice president for institutional advancement, at (803) 376-5724 or tbrunson@allenuniversity.edu.

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