Ms. Andrea Neal
Executive Director of Special Programs
Native of Lexington, North Carolina
Ms. Neal is the Director of Special Programs at Fayetteville State University. A native North Carolinian and graduate of Fayetteville State University, Neal holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Sociology. Ms. Neal has worked in higher education for the past 15 years, including teaching Sociology courses at Fayetteville State University. For the past 10 years, her experience has encompassed the administration of grant-funded programs that provide: access as well as support in retention and graduation efforts to at-risk populations in higher education, including minority students, non-traditional students, low-income students, first-generation students, veteran students, and students with disabilities. Ms. Neal has secured nearly four million dollars in funding at Fayetteville State University to support at-risk populations. Ms. Neal has presented at regional and national conferences on effectively administering outreach programs and fiscal sustainability. Ms. Neal is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Leadership at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
Dr. Emily Lenning
Component B Director & Associate Professor
Native of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Dr. Emily Lenning is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University, where she has served as the Graduate Coordinator. She was instrumental in creating FSU's Safezone Office, a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, making FSU the 3rd Historically Black College in the nation to have such an office. She is also a campus leader in the area of faculty development, having presented workshops on a variety of pedagogical advances, and co-teaching FSU's 16 week Faculty Development Seminar for new faculty with the Provost. During her tenure at FSU she has earned five teaching awards, including the Margaret Lang Willis Outstanding Criminal Justice Educator award from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association, and FSU's highest honor as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Dr. Lenning currently serves as Component B Director for the College STAR program, leading learning communities of faculty as they re-design their courses to reflect the principles of Universal Design for Learning.
Dr. Lenning earned her PhD from Western Michigan University in 2008 and has since published books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from surviving careers in academia, LGBT experiences, Queer Criminology, state-corporate crime, social control of the body, the media construction of crime and justice, and engaging and effective teaching techniques. Her scholarship and accomplishments have been recognized on several occasions, including being named one of the Fayetteville Observer's 40 Under 40, which recognizes the area's "top business professionals and community leaders" under the age of 40, and the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime New Scholar Award.
Ms. Asya Muhammad
Academic Success Coach
Native of Darien, Georgia
Ms. Asya Muhammad is the Outreach Coordinator for Bronco STAR and native of the Georgia peach state. Ms. Muhammad received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. She has worked in higher education for over five years varying from Residence Life, Student Engagement, Student Activities, Advisement, and professional Event Planning. Ms. Muhammad is a certified Safezone and Dreamzone Ally. Ms. Muhammad believes that every student should have access and support for a memorable collegiate experience.
Ms. Tanzania Huff
Administrative Support Associate
Native of Raeford, North Carolina
Ms. Tanzania Huff is a Fayetteville State University Alumna and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Ms. Huff is the Administrative Support Associate with Bronco STAR and has been with the program for the past two years. She loves traveling and helping students. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University.