Spelman College | Atlanta, Georgia

Executive Committee


Ms. Helga Greenfield; Ms. Helga Greenfield; serves as Chief of Staff to the President and Associate Vice President for Title III and Government Relations at Spelman College. She has been providing service in higher education for more than 40 years and she believes that communication is the foundation of all relationships. She has had the privilege of serving five institutions of higher learning in various capacities such as: Director of Financial Aid; Associate Director of Financial Aid, Admissions and Recruitment; Associate Registrar; Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Director of Title III; Associate Vice President for Advancement and College Relations; Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations. A native of Seven Springs, NC, Helga holds a B. A. degree in Business Administration from Shaw University and a M. S. degree in Business with an emphasis in Management from Norfolk State University.

Vice President
Mr. Dayle Barry; proudly serves as Title III Coordinator at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), having served in this capacity since 2003. Prior to that time, he worked with the Eastern Caribbean Center—a research unit at the University of the Virgin Islands, and earlier with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He received his BA degree in Social Sciences from the then College of the Virgin Islands, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Grant Management Certificate from Management Concepts, Inc.—recognized by the National Grants Management Association as a leader in professional development in the field. In coordination with the Workshop Planning and Executive Committees, Dayle was able to introduce Management Concepts courses as a pre-conference course offering, allowing Title III Administrators additional professional development opportunities.

More recently, Dayle has served as the Acting Chair of the Assessment Committee, leading the HBCUT3A collaboration with the Department of Education in the revision of the Annual Performance Report. He also serves as a member of the UVI Senate having been elected as a Staff Representative.

Mrs. Luanne M. Baker serves as the Director of Government and Foundations Relations at Stillman College located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a position she has held since 2008. Ms. Baker served as the of Director of Development at Stillman from 2006-2008. Prior to 2006, Ms. Baker was the Director of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Supportive Services Program at Stillman from 1992-2006. Her current position encompasses serving as the Title III Administrator as well as being directly responsible for coordinating all faculty and staff grant proposal submissions to federal agencies and corporate, community and private foundations. In addition to serving the NAHBCUT3AA, Inc. as a Member-At-Large, she is also a member of the Assessment Committee. Ms. Baker is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tuscaloosa Morning Rotary Club, a 1996 graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa, and a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Baker is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama and holds certification from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She and her husband, Fred, reside in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Brenda Jackson2
Dr. Brenda w. Jackson serves as the Director of Title III programs at Southern University at New Orleans. Dr. Jackson, a seasoned Title III administrator, was a founding member of the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc. She has served as a three-term treasurer, a two-term vice president under both President Perry Herrington and Sylvia Thomas, chair of the strategic planning committee, assessment committee member and workshop planning committee chair and member. Jackson has also served as the secretary and long-term treasurer of the former national association of title iii administrators (NATTA).

Dr. Brenda Jackson received her B.S. Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in business education from Southern University at New Orleans. She received her M.Ed. Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Southern University at Baton Rouge and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and supervision from the University of New Orleans.

Jackson, who has one son, is very active in her community.

Financial Secretary
Mr. Ronald E. Range is the Director of the C.A. Fredd Campus of Shelton State Community College, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he also is the Director of Title III. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators as Financial Secretary. In his role as Campus Director, he works in cooperation with the President, the Dean of Instruction, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Business Services, other associate deans, division chairpersons, and the faculty to provide leadership and supervision in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the C.A. Fredd Campus’ instructional units both credit and non-credit. Ronald is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stillman College and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mr. Range serves on a various boards of directors and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, of which he serves as a member of the Grand Board of Directors.

Dr. Erick Akins is the Title III Director at St. Philip’s College and has served in that position since 2010. Erick has been an active member of Title III Directors organization since 2010 and has assumed the role of Parliamentarian for the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Title III Administrators in 2013. Erick has over 25 years of experience in contracts, grants and program management along with experience in local government, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning. Along with his regular duties as the Title III Director, Erick teaches grant writing classes. Erick has been a Lecturer with the University of Texas at Austin since 2004 teaching urban related courses in the Geography and the Environment Department to undergraduate students, along with serving as a faculty advisor for students working on their Senior Project. He earned an M.A. in Urban Studies from Trinity University and a Bachelor in Music Education from Southern University. He is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD program in Human Services with a specialization in the management of nonprofit organizations. Erick is a native of Chicago, Illinois but has resided in San Antonio, Texas for the last 30 years. Erick holds life membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE).

Tori Willis is the Director of Title III at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tori has over 15 years of grant writing and grant administration experience working with organizations, churches, schools, colleges and universities. The last eight years has included grant administration with the Title III HBCU, HBGI, CCRA, and SAFRA grants. Tori has been a Director over Title III since 2012 and has worked closely with Presidents and Institutional leaders to implement projects that support the strategic plans.

Tori has a passion for helping young people and has served as a mentor to young ladies ages 14 to 25, an advisor to Women Leadership Organizations at both Clark Atlanta University and Arkansas Baptist College, and provided life-skills workshops to a variety of organizations. She believes in servant leadership and this belief is the foundation to the way she operates her life.

Ms. Nichele Harper O’Connor has nearly sixteen years of combined experience in Title III and Grants Management and Development. Nichele holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Southern University at New Orleans and a MA in Urban and Regional Studies for Minnesota State University. After returning to New Orleans in 1997, her career began working for the City of New Orleans in Mayor Marc Morial’s Office as Deputy Director of Grant Development. In 2001, she joined Dillard University, as the Post Awards Administrator and was promoted to Director of Title III Programs in 2004. Nichele has served as Dillard’s Director of Title III Programs for the past nine years and enjoys her job immensely. Nichele has served on the Planning Committee for the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc. for the past four years. She has presented at national conferences and now serves the Association as one of Member-At-Large positions.

Mr. Samuel Melton, Jr. is the Director of Sponsored Programs and Title III at Mississippi Valley State University. He is responsible for all pre- and post-award matters related to grants and contracts as well as the management of the Title III program. Samuel has over ten years of experience with providing grants administration services in higher education. Shortly after graduating in 2005, Samuel began working in an entry-level position in the Office of Sponsored Programs/Title III at Mississippi Valley State University and was later promoted to the Program Reporting Specialist position in 2007. He served in that capacity from 2007-2012 with the responsibility for overseeing all post-award matters. Samuel became the Interim Director of Sponsored Programs and Title III in 2012 and was later promoted to Director in 2013. A native of Clarksdale, MS, Samuel earned a B.A. and an M.S. degree in Business Administration, both from Mississippi Valley State University. He has been a member of the National Association of HBCU Administrators since 2007 and now serves as a Member-at-Large.

President Emeritus
Samuel T. Rhoades, III, a native of Dunn, North Carolina was unanimously elected to a second term as President of the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc. He currently serves as Special Assistant to the President/Title III Administrator at Virginia Union University. Dr. Rhoades has over thirty-five years of experience in higher education in Administration, Cooperative Education and Placement, Sponsored Programs and Research, and Title III Programs.Dr. Rhoades is a 1967 alumnus of North Carolina College at Durham for Negroes, now North Carolina Central University and received his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in 1973. Also, he is an Honorably Discharge Military Veteran and holds Life Memberships in The North Carolina Central University Alumni Association, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. After successfully completing consecutive terms as the Association’s president, he was unanimously voted by his peers President Emeritus in September, 2007. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and The Beauty of Dunn Lodge Free and Accepted Masons.