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TSU alumnus named Alpha Phi Alpha executive director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Dr. Everett B. Ward, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, welcomes the fraternity’s new Executive Director, Dr. Jamie R. Riley.

Jamie Riley
Dr. Jamie R. Riley. (submitted photo)

“It is with great pleasure that the board of directors announces its unanimous decision to select Dr. Jamie R. Riley, as the next executive director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,” Ward said.

“His administrative skills have been demonstrated in previous positions, including having served as the assistant dean of students and director of the LEAD Center at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Riley officially began in the role January 3, 2017. A graduate of Tennessee State University, Riley was initiated into the fraternity through its Beta Omicron Chapter there in 2003. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Planning and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from TSU, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia in 2011.

Prior to this position, he worked at Johns Hopkins University where he served as the associate dean of Student Life for Diversity and Inclusion.

Riley’s research has focused on addressing the impact of culturally oppressive campus climates on the success of black male college students attending predominantly white institutions.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Riley is a member of the 100 Black Men of America and has held membership in several Alpha alumni chapters including Tau Lambda (Nashville, Tennessee), Rho Kappa Lambda (Gwinnett County, Georgia), Iota Tau Lambda (Farmville, Virginia), Gamma Phi Lambda (Berkeley, California), and most recently, Delta Lambda in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also served as an Alpha and/or campus advisor for several chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

“I think it is crucial that we streamline processes and procedures to align with the fraternal organizational structure and the needs of individual brothers,” said Riley, whose goals also include helping collegiate members transition from college to professional life. “The General Office is the place where brothers should come to find solutions and answers in a timely fashion. I believe the better utilization of technology and personnel will help us to achieve that and much more.”

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