Management Team

The GGPA is supervised by an Advisory Board composed of the Associate Provost (Chair), Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and a Representative of the SCCPSS. The Project director and co-director serve on the advisory board as ex-officio members. The advisory board oversees the activities of the project and approves the recommendations of the project director and co-director who manage the program. Here are the members of the management team:

Advisory Board

Dr. Julius Scipio has served as Interim Associate Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Savannah State University since June 2015.  He previously served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Education, and Dean of Graduate Studies at Fort Valley State University; Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, and Chair of the Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts Division at Voorhees College; and Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Memphis.  He holds the Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education and Master of Sciences degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Memphis.

Edward B. Jolley, Jr. is the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Savannah State University. Working closely with the University President, he is responsible for the stewardship and enhancement of the University’s human, financial, and physical resources while providing a safe and secure environment to faculty, staff, and students. The Division of Business and Financial Affairs includes the Departments of Accounting, Auxiliary Services, Budget, Student Financial Services, Financial Aid, Purchasing, Human Resources, Public Safety, and Physical Plant.

Prior to Savannah State University, Edward served as the Vice President for Financial Affairs & Treasurer for Saint Paul’s College, Vice President for Finance & Business for Norfolk State University, Controller & Assistant Treasurer for Eastern Michigan University, and Assistant Vice President for Finance for Morgan State University.

Edward received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Morgan State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Organization Leadership program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Edward is a board member of the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation- Treasurer, and First Tee of Savannah- Chairman, and 100 Black Men of Savannah- Treasurer.

He is married to Tammy and has 4 children.

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty is the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and Regents Distinguished Professor of Biology at Savannah State University. Since 1993 he has received more than $15 million to conduct biomedical research and support faculty and students in the STEM disciplines. Currently, he is directing three major NIH-funded Biomedical Research and NSF-funded STEM Programs with a budget of $6.6 million. These programs provide scholarships/stipends for approximately 100 STEM majors each year. He received a BS degree in Biology in 1974, MS in Zoology (Molecular Physiology) in 1976 and a Doctorate in Physiology in 1979, from SV University, Tirupati, India. He spent the next nine years at his alma mater as an assistant/associate professor, which included a two-year stint as a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, from 1982 to 1984. Before joining the Savannah State faculty in 1993, he also spent five years as a Visiting Faculty in a collaborative project between University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS and Selma University, Selma, AL. He has guided 10 Doctoral students in Physiology and has written or co-authored more than 250 professional research articles for publications. More than 80 of the journal publications include undergraduate and graduate students as co-authors. He has earned numerous accolades and awards for his student engagement practices and accomplishments. He developed a strong mentoring alliance through which faculty can effectively engage the students and received 2003 United States Presidential Award for Excellence at a White House Ceremony and 2003 University System of Georgia Regents Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. Robert W. Smith is a full professor of public administration and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University. Dr. Smith has previously served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University and as Director and Chair of the Master of the Public Administration program at Clemson University. Dr. Smith has held appointments as a Senior Budget Official for the New York State Division of Budget as part of the Executive Department under the administrations of Governor Mario Cuomo and George Pataki. Before that he served as a Regional Director on the staff of US Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and former UN Ambassador. Dr. Smith has published widely in his research areas of public budgeting, ethics and performance management. Dr. Smith has participated in several global research initiatives and attended international conferences in Canada, Chile, China, Great Britain, the Republic of Georgia, Hungary and the Netherlands.

Dr. Mark Linsky

Representative of SCCPSS

Mark Linsky is the Teacher Specialist for World Languages in the SCCPSS. Since moving into the position in October 2014, he has organized a visit of 32 Chinese visitors to the SCCPSS through the SAYA (Sino­ American Youth Ambassadors) Program. Additionally, he is assisting with updating the curriculum for middle school Spanish IA/IB for high school credit. In 2002, Linsky completed his ESOL certification at First District RESA. Ten years after completing his M.A.T., Linsky enrolled at Georgia Southern University and earned his Teacher Specialist in Teaching and Learning and his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in (respectively) 2005 and 2012. Linsky moved to Savannah, Georgia and began teaching career at Groves High School in 1994. He served on school Building Leadership team (BLT). He took a position at Jenkins High School in 1998. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2003. Linsky moved to Richmond Hill and taught in Bryan County Schools from 2003-2014. There, he served as a member of the school leadership team and department head of Foreign Languages. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2008. After 10 years, Linsky returned to SCCPSS in 2014 as a French teacher at Islands High School. Not long after, he took a position as Teacher Specialist in World Languages at SCCPSS in October, 2014. Dr. Linsky is also a member of a cooperative committee with Dr. James Anderson at Armstrong State University. The committee is planning teacher exchange programs between SCCPSS and schools in Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. In January 2015, Dr. Linsky organized and held a Conference for the World Languages’ teachers of SCCPSS.

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Education Center at Savannah State University. He is familiar with Ghana, which he visited six times in the past four years, and works closely with colleagues from the University of Ghana-Legon, Cape Coast University, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Dr. Naniuzeyi is responsible for negotiating and facilitating the establishment of the Memorandums of Understanding with these three Universities. Dr. Naniuzeyi has served as Director of the International Education Center for the past six years and worked on the proposal that resulted in the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University. He managed this Institute for a year before resuming his duties at the International Education Center on a full-time basis. Prior to the Confucius Institute proposal, Dr. Naniuzeyi managed several other projects that resulted from grant awards. Some of these projects include the Title III grant to internationalize course contents, and the grants to develop students’ negotiation skills through participation in international Model United Nations conferences. Thanks to grant awards and fundraising in different academic institutions including Morris Brown College, Spelman College and Savannah State University, Dr. Naniuzeyi was able to provide students with valuable international experiences through participation in Model United Nations conferences in Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Taiwan, Singapore, China, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Brazil etc.


Dr. M. Ann Levett

Ex-Officio member and co-project Director

Dr. M. Ann Levett  is the Chief Academic Officer of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools (SCCPSS). Prior to her current position as Chief Academic Officer of SCCPS, she served as Dean of the School of Education at Macon State College. Before joining Macon State College, Dr. Levett served as Executive Director of the School Development Program (SDP), a national school reform program at Yale University of Medicine. While at Yale, she managed grants/projects valued at more than fifteen million dollars. In addition to coordinating the SPD’s school university partnerships across the United States and its territories, D. Levett led reform efforts in several European cities, including Dublin (IE), London (UK), Utrecht (NL), and Rennes (FR). She has also consulted on significant community development projects in Hawai, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and several major U.S. cities. In October 2007, Dr. Levett was appointed to the Board of Education for New Haven Public Schools in New Haven, CT. She also served as a board member for two charter schools in New Haven. Since returning to Georgia, she has served in several key positions at the state level and maintained her positions in several national and international organizations. Dr. Levett has been appointed by Governors Perdue and Deal to two major positions on state education boards. Other previous positions held by Dr Levett include Chair of the Master’s in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure Programs at Antioch University, interim superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, secondary principal, and special education teacher. During her tenure in Savannah, she last served as principal of Savannah High School.