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D. Jason DeSousa serves as Fayetteville State University's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Retention. A graduate of Morgan State University (MSU) , where he earned the B.S. degree, DeSousa returned to his alma mater, serving in various capacities such as assistant vice president for academic affairs & university registrar, assistant vice president for student affairs-enrollment management, associate professor of higher education, and director of the Institute for Student Leadership, Character Development and Outcomes. As an undergraduate student, he was appointed by the then Governor, Harry R. Hughes, as the Student Regent of the MSU Board of Regents.

He started his professional career at the historic Tuskegee University in Alabama, where he was director of career development. Other positions for which he has held includes:

          1. provost and vice president for academic and student affairs;
          2. vice president for enrollment management and student affairs;
          3. vice president for student affairs; and
          4. assistant vice president for student affairs. 

A former president of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), DeSousa was one of 20 researchers to participate in "Documenting Effective Educational Practices," a thwo-year research investigation of 20 colleges and universities with higher-than-predicted graduation and NSSE scores. The project culminated in Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, of which DeSousa was an associate co-author.

Another career highlight was testifying on May 13, 2014 before the United States Senate's "Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions" Committee in Washington, DC, where he discussed "Minority Serving Institutions:  Best Practices for Innovation and Student Success."

A national pioneer in establishing and directing collegiate male initiatives for students of color, DeSousa was appointed by the International Center for Student Success & Institutional Accountability as co-coordinator of its Internet-based "African American Male Student Persistence and Success Community of Practice."

A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., DeSousa has held fraternal positions that include member of Grand Board of Directors, the first undergraduate to chair the Grand Board of Appeals, and junior vice polemarch of the Eastern Province. He served as polemarch of the Bloomington Alumni Chapter and advisor of the Alpha Chapter. DeSousa is a recipient of the Fraternity's coveted "Guy L. Grant Award."

To date, he has been awarded nearly two million dollars in external grants for student retention, persistence, leadership, and diversity projects, including grants for the establishment of male-oriented student success projects.

 He earned the Master of Arts in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University and the Doctor of Education in higher education administration from Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.  

An avid out-door extreme adventurists, he is a strong and unrelenting advocate for underrepresented students, the disenfranchised, the poor, the sick, the elderly, and the young. 

Ms. Carolyn Newman

Mr. B. Dexter Sharp II

Peer Leaders

Mr. Deonte Black a Physical Education major.


Mr. Jason Carnes an Elementary Education major.


Mr. Tre' Cooper a Biology Major.


Mr. Akanni Evans a Pre-Medical major.

Mr. Michael Harris a Criminal Justice major.


Mr. Travis Herndon a Computer Science major.

Mr. William Mobley a Business Administration major.


Mr. Vaughn Pitts a Mathematics Education major.


Mr. Delonte' Ward a Mass Communications major.

Mr. Aric Williams a Business Administration major.

Mr. Trashon Williams a Criminal Justice major.

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