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Mission

The Advisory Council will provide specific feedback on College programs and projects, participate, as able, in assisting to create and strengthen partnerships to enhance the faculty and student experiences, and help with the overall advancement of the College with outside constituents. Members serve upon the recommendation and invitation of the Dean.

A Word from Dean Burkhalter

My main goal for the College of Arts and Sciences is to see the University of North Alabama as a destination of choice for a liberal arts education. To help achieve this goal we will concentrate on four main areas.

  1. The value of a liberal arts education in a world that demands an agile workforce.
  2. The value of creativity in sustaining economic growth.
  3. The value of international experiences in creating seamless job opportunities.
  4. The value of collaboration with experts across the continent.

The College of Arts and Sciences was founded on and continues to espouse the qualities of a true liberal arts education: thinking critically, communicating clearly, solving complex problems, and becoming an engaged citizen in a free society.

Advisory Council 2018 Members

Mr. Tom Ross, Chair

Mr. Ross is employed with Wells Fargo Advisors as a First Vice President and Branch Manager of the Florence, Alabama office. He sits on the UNA Foundation Board and is a member of the Turtle Point Board of Trustees. Mr. Ross is a past president of the Florence Country Club and has been active with many boards over the years including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and was a founding board member of the Children's Museum of the Shoals. Mr. Ross has a passion for encouraging students to travel abroad.

Ms. Anne Whitaker, Past Chair

Ms. Whitaker earned her degree in Chemistry and Business at UNA. She currently is the Chairman, President & CEO of KNOW Bio Respiratory LLC, a biopharmaceutical company focused on research, development and commercialization of novel respiratory medicines based on a proprietary nitric oxide platform technology. She also is CEO and Chairman of Novoclem Therapeutics. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Vice President and Company Group Chairman for Valeant Pharmaceuticals leading the Global Branded Pharmaceutical Business. Ms. Whitaker is active in the North Carolina community as a member of the North Carolina School of Math and Science Foundation Board and several women’s leadership organizations including Women in Bio, HBA, and Women Corporate Directors.

Dr. David Edwards, Secretary

Dr. Edwards earned his physics degree from UNA and attended Auburn University and earned his master’s degree and a doctoral degree in material engineering.  Dr. Edwards is the manager of the Science and Technology chief engineer’s office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Dr. Edwards joined the NASA team in 1989 and has served in increasingly responsible leadership positions throughout his career. As chief engineer, Dr. Edwards is responsible and accountable for the technical functionality for all systems under development within the Science and Technology Office.

Dr. Jeremy Baham

Dr. Baham earned bachelor degrees in Political Science and History in 1996 and a Masters in Community Counseling in 1999 from UNA. He completed his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in 2014.

Dr. Baham is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Mississippi State University. He served MSU as the Associate Dean of Students from 2011 to 2016. Dr. Baham is committed to student success and shows it through his current work with MSU and previous work with Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Dr. Baham and his wife, Dr. Tracey Baham who serves as MSU associate director for institutional effectiveness, are the parents of two children, Patrick and James. He is a native of McComb, MS and veteran of the Army Reserves and Alabama National Guard.

Mr. John Briggs

Mr. Briggs has over 25 years’ experience as a senior level music industry executive and possesses a wealth of expertise. Having served as Vice President of Membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Mr. Briggs earned a reputation for trend-spotting.  Having launched Briggs Entertainment, he was asked to join US Bank’s Private Client Reserve’s Entertainment and Pro Sports Division as a consultant.

In 1997 Mr. Briggs received the Alabama Governor’s Award for his contribution to American music and in 2008 he received the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Music Industry Achievement Award.

A dedicated arts supporter, Mr. Brigg’s has served on Boards for:  the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Muscle Shoals Music Association (MSMA), Nashville Entertainment Association and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board (past Chairman of the Board), and past Governor of the Nashville Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

Ms. Debra Dombrowski

Ms. Dombrowski graduated from UNA with a degree in Communications and currently works for Emerson Network Power – Data Center Solutions in Huntsville, AL. Ms. Dombrowski is originally from Chicago and made her way to the Shoals, and UNA, via Tampa, Florida.  Ms. Dombrowski and her husband, Mr. Jackie Hendrix, live in Florence with three large dogs and two cats.  Ms. Dombrowski currently serves on the board of directors of Safeplace and for many years has volunteered with the Arts Alive festival. She recently rechanneled her volunteering energy to the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

Mr. Wesley Garmon

Mr. Garmon is the education coordinator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Secondary Education License and Certification from Athens State University and a Master’s degree in History, with a concentration in Public History, from the University of North Alabama. His graduate work focused on museum administration, digital history, and archival training.  In 2012, he accepted a position as the curriculum specialist for the ADAH and now serves as head of the Education Section.  Mr. Garmon recently launched a highly successful virtual field-trip program and is making significant strides in helping educators discover new methods of instruction to deliver historical content to Alabamians beyond the traditional classroom environment.

Dr. Lorri Glover

Dr. Glover graduated from UNA in 1990, majoring in history and political science. She went on to earn her MA in history from Clemson and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She taught at the University of Tennessee for twelve years before moving to Saint Louis University, where she is the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair of History.  Dr. Glover has published nine books in American history, most recently Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries (Yale University Press) and The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution (Johns Hopkins University Press). She is a past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern History, and was a distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.  In October 2016, she delivered the inaugural Nelson Lecture at UNA, in honor of her treasured mentor, Dr. Larry Nelson.

Mr. Neill Jobe

For more than 18 years, Mr. Jobe has been pioneering and implementing new and innovative uses for Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. As a GIS professional, Mr. Jobe has effectively applied his skills and solutions-based mapping strategies to assist a variety of industries ranging from transportation planning, local government, utilities, public safety, universities and airports. Mr. Jobe graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1996 with a B.S. in Geography and a Geographic Information Systems Certification.  He was named “2006 Geography Alumni of the Year” at the 2nd Annual University of North Alabama Geography Alumni Conference. In 1999, Mr. Jobe founded GEO Jobe GIS Consulting and is currently the acting CEO. The company has won many awards over the last decade for its persistent innovation around GIS mapping technology. In 2011, Mr. Jobe participated on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Alabama Geographic Alliance (AGA). 

Ms. Carnette Johnson

Ms. Johnson graduated from UNA in 1983 with a degree in Accounting and received her Executive Masters of Business Administration degree in 2018. Since 1993, Ms. Johnson has worked in the glue applicator machinery industry and resides in the Atlanta area.  She has successfully assisted in the implementation of a global accounting module called R3P.  Her personal motto is all about critical “out of the box” thinking.  Ms. Johnson has participated in Everybody Wins Atlanta which is a reading program, Time N Talent, and fundraising for Relay for Life. Since 2012, she has served as UNA’s Alumni President for the Greater Atlanta area where she attends college fairs to help recruit quality college students.  She also chairs a UNA committee called “The Flashback Committee” who are a group of African American alumni who plan events during homecoming to enhance UNA involvement.

Dr. Sarah Nafziger

Dr. Nafziger is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurology and Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  Dr. Nafziger graduated from UNA in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Biology and completed her medical school, Emergency Medicine residency, and fellowship in Disaster Medicine Research at UAB. She has been deployed to major disaster sites and responded to disasters both with local agencies and with the National Disaster Medical System. She has been a Medical Officer for both the United States Army Reserve and the Alabama Air National Guard with deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Dr. Nafziger also serves as the Assistant State EMS Medical Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health. She serves as the president of the Alabama chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS.  

Dr. David Sunseri

Dr. Sunseri was appointed CEO of PMI BioPharma Solutions in August 2018. As CEO, he is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company.  Previously, he was the Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Chief Business Development Officer at PMI Bio responsible for leading development programs and developing new business opportunities. Prior to PMI Bio, Dr. Sunseri spent almost four years at Berg, LLC, in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Product Development responsible for clinical trial manufacturing, engineering operations, supply chain, and formulations.  He spent approximately 10 years with Schering-Plough and Merck in small molecule inhalation and parenteral development, and medical device products. Dr. Sunseri received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in Chromatography, from Florida State University. Dr. Sunseri also serves on the UNA Foundation Board of Directors. He is the Treasurer for the Foundation, Chair of the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, and member of the Executive Committee. 

Hon. Angela Terry

Judge Terry is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science and minors in history and Spanish. She attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and graduated in 1998 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Judge Terry was in private practice in Moulton, Alabama, for ten years trying cases throughout North Alabama and sitting as the Municipal Judge in Hillsboro prior to being appointed District Judge of Lawrence County by Governor Bob Riley in March 2009. She was elected in 2010 and was unopposed in 2016. As District Judge she is also the Juvenile Court Judge and by law the chairperson of the Lawrence County Children's Policy Council. In that capacity she was recently asked by the President of the Alabama State Bar to Co-Chair the Alabama State Bar's Task Force on Foster Children. Judge Terry also serves on the Board for Hospice of the Valley and is a member of the local Rotary club. She lives in Moulton with her husband Shane.

Mr. Joshua Wrady

Mr. Wrady attended the University of North Alabama, where he studied Politics and History. He was involved in activities such as the UNA Student Government Association, the American Mock Trial Association, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Joshua is a 2010 graduate of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. Joshua now serves as a volunteer judge for various Cumberland sponsored trial competitions.

 Mr. Wrady devotes his legal career to fighting unlawful employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. In fighting for the rights of employees, Mr. Wrady regularly litigates matters arising under various anti-discrimination laws.  He represents individuals terminated by their employer for filing a workers' compensation claim and those terminated for reporting the violation of a written safety rule. He regularly negotiates employment contracts and severance agreements.  Mr. Wrady has been selected by Super Lawyer's as a Mid-South Rising Star three years in a row.  He volunteers with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and in 2015 was named as one of "Birmingham's Finest" for his efforts to raise donations to fund research into a cure for cystic fibrosis.