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School of Graduate & Professional Studies
Tennessee State University - Avon Williams Campus
330 Tenth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203

Campus Location

Tennessee State University - Avon Williams downtown Campus, Suite B400 (4th floor) (Campus Map)
Telephone: 615-963-7371
Fax: 615-963-7219

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Administrative Staff

Lucian Yates, III, Ph.D.
Phone: 615-963-7059

Alex Sekwat, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Phone: 615-963-7389

Deborah M. Chisom, Ed.S.
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 615-963-7390

Stashia Emanuel, Ed.D.
Director of Graduate Research, Analysis and Recruitment
Phone: 615-963-7388

Trudie E. Thomas, MBA
Administrative Assistant IV
Phone: 615-963-7210


Graduate Analysts

Each graduate program is assigned an analyst who is responsible for assisting students from admission to a program through graduation. Graduate students are encouraged to call their Graduate Program Advisor with respect to any academic aspect of their graduate program.  Graduate analysts serve as resource personnel to answer questions regarding admission requirements, timetable for filing degree program forms, intent to graduate forms, general questions regarding theses or dissertation, etc.  Listed below are the graduate analysts and the programs they oversee.

Jerrica Brown
Graduate Analyst (Temporary)
Phone: 615-963-7262
- Human Performance and Sports Science
- Non-Degree Seeking Students
- Occupational Therapy
- Professional Studies
- Public Administration
- Public Health

Audie Black
Graduate Analyst 
Phone: 615-963-7269
- Agricultural Sciences
- Applied Geospatial Information Systems
- Business Administration
- Nursing
- Physical Therapy
- Psychology

Ramona Whitworth
Graduate Analyst
Phone: 615-963-7356
- Chemistry
- Computer and Information Systems Engineering          - Engineering
- Graduation
- Programs of Study and Transfer of Credit

Sandy Woodruff
Graduate Analyst
Phone: 615-963-7358
- Education
     - Administration and Supervision
     - Instructional Leadership
     - Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
     - Curriculum and Instruction
     - Elementary Education
     - Special Education
- Biology
- Criminal Justice
- Social Work
- Speech and Hearing Science