Meet the Deans & Directors
Dr. Sherri Cousin Davis, Academic Dean
As Academic Dean, Dr. Sherri Davis is directly responsible for ensuring the success and overall quality and delivery of all College Transfer Programs (on both campuses) to include Health Professions, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Developmental Education, Health and Physical Education, Arts and Humanities, Dual Enrollment and Early College Initiatives. Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, a Masters degree in Education, and a Bachelor's degree in Communications. She began her tenure at Lawson State in 2001, and as such, has worked to not only extend program offerings at the college, but she has introduced many initiatives to support faculty development that encourages technology use in the classroom and the full inclusion of Blackboard experiences. Dr. Davis is also an educational consultant and trainer, a published writer, active presenter and a curriculum developer. Dr. Davis has several mottos that she lives by: "Never focus on the problem...focus on the solution." "Negative thinking leads to negative behavior and holds no positive value in one's life. Shed it." "Excuses are just that...excuses....don't make them. Just do the work and success will soon follow." "I've never met a successful complainer."
Dr. Karl Anthony Pruitt, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & College Transfer Programs
Dr. Karl Anthony Pruitt is the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College Transfer Programs. As Associate Dean, Dr. Pruitt is responsible for the direct oversight and support of the following Departments: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Developmental Education, Arts and Humanities, Dual Enrollment, Early College and Student Advisement. Dr. Pruitt graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham earning a degree is Biological Sciences and continued on to Alabama A&M University where he completed his Masters in Microbiological Sciences. Dr. Pruitt also completed his second Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from the Iowa School of Medicine where he later completed his Doctoral Degree in Podiatric Medicine. In addition, he holds certifications under OSHA via its "Train the Trainer" Hazmat Program and is also a Community Disaster Trainer.
Dr. Pruitt is a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and the American Association of Science and has also written and published several research articles. He currently serves as President of the local AEA Chapter for Lawson State Community College. Dr. Pruitt earned his tenure at Lawson State Community College and plans to leave a legacy upon his retirement in the years to come. He believes that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself, and have faith.
Dr. Alice Tyler Milton, Associate Dean of Business and Information Technologies
Dr. Alice Tyler Milton is a native of Mississippi and is the Associate Dean for the Business and Information Technologies Division which includes Accounting, Business Management/Applied Science, Business-Hospitality/Applied Science, Business Administration/College Transfer, Business Education/College Transfer, Computer Science/Math, Computer Science/Business, Office Administration/General, Office Administration/Legal, Office Administration/Medical (includes medical coding/billing), Real Estate, Banking and Finance, the Small Business Center, the Authorized Testing Centers, and is also a BlackBoard Administrator, past trainer of technology workshops, and was the college webmaster from 1998-2013. She began her tenure at Lawson State in 1998 in which the Division has grown through leaps and bounds because of the teamwork from both faculty and staff in the Division. She was also instrumental in organizing the first online course at the College in 1999 and was honored as a multi-honoree for Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers from 1999 – 2005. Dr. Milton has a doctorate degree in Technology and Education (Mississippi State University), specialist degree in Business Education/Business Administration (Jackson State University), master’s degree in Business Education/Business Administration (Jackson State University), bachelor’s degree in Office Administration (Alcorn State University), and is certified in Educational Leadership (Samford University) and Vocational Education (University of Southern Mississippi).
Prior to coming to Lawson State, she was a high school instructor for the Career Development Center (Jackson, Mississippi) in which she trained 10 – 12 graders for the workforce and had 100% placement on jobs for all seniors; was a consultant for the Mississippi State Department for Education where she trained instructors, across the state, in the area of infusing technology in the classroom; was an instructor and/or trainer at both 2 and 4-years institutions in Mississippi, etc. She was also very active in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA/PBL) where she trained many high school students to compete at district, state, and national levels (many winners). She was a multi-honoree for Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers in the state of Mississippi from 1989 – 1998.
The Lawson State’s Business and Information Technologies Division is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (Since 1997) and is highly active in Kappa Beta Delta (Honorary Society through ACBSP), Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), and is noted for the many accomplishments of the students as it relates to PBL competitions (state and national), community services, scholarships, etc.; and of the Division as it relates to mini technology conferences, entrepreneurial workshops, computer science conferences, technology grants (more than 1.7 million), the VITA program, community workshops, etc. She currently serves on the board for Kappa Beta Delta, is a member of the Instructional Officers for Alabama, assist local churches in organizing nonprofit organizations/501(c)(3)s, etc. Her main hobby is researching facts concerning Black History at http://blackhistorysalute.com. Or, follow her on Linkedin www.linkedin.com/pub/alice-tyler-milton-ed-d/26/872/72/
Dr. Shelia P. Marable, Associate Dean of Health Professions
Dr. Shelia P. Marable is the Associate Dean of Health Professions at Lawson State Community College. She has been employed at Lawson State for over 30 years. As such, she has an impressive background for she has served as a nursing instructor, Level Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Chairperson for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Dr. Marable currently supervises nursing and health related programs on both the Birmingham and Bessemer campuses of the college and is responsible for the oversight and overall management of all Health Professions programs to include Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Services (Advanced and Basic), Phlebotomy and Pharmacy Technician.
Dr. Marable is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON). She received her Ph.D. (Doctorate degree) in 2004, MSN (Masters degree) in 1983, and BSN (Bachelors degree) in 1977. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant; Enrichment for Academic Nursing Success at the UABSON; the Navigator’s Board of Directors for the development of a stable workforce of highly skilled nurses and nurse educators in Alabama; and serves on the Health Science Advisory Board for Fairfield, Midfield, and Huffman High Schools. She is also a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, American Nurses Association, Alabama Nurses Association National League for Nursing, the Alabama Council of Administrators of Professional Nursing Education Programs, and The Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) Instructional Officers’ Association.
Dr. Marable serves on numerous committees and volunteers with the Southeastern Diabetes Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and United Way Visiting Allocation Team. She was nominated in 2009 for Outstanding Administrator for The Chancellor’s Award for the ACCS (Alabama Community College System) . She has received other past awards and honors.
Ms. Sandra L. Henderson, Director of Libraries and Media Services
Sandra L. Henderson was appointed Director of Libraries and Media Services at Lawson State Community College in 2000. She began her 30 plus distinguished library career at the Birmingham Public Library, where she served in key positions in numerous public service departments and branches. A leader in library services, she has spent her entire career working in libraries. Prior to employment at Lawson, Ms. Henderson was a Library Media Specialist for the Birmingham Public School system, having the unique opportunity to serve as librarian in various schools from Kindergarten to High School. She was awarded the Library Media Specialist of the Year in 1998 for her efforts. While serving at Lawson, Ms Henderson is responsible for the library’s development and evaluation, policies and procedures, library expenditures and the coordination of all library activities. She has transformed the library program into the 21st century by renovating libraries on both campuses, implementing a new library management system and expanded the library instruction program from a general basic bibliographic instruction class to an exemplary information literacy program. With the influx of technology, she will continue to build and expand library services to students, faculty and community through outstanding collections, electronic resources and stellar services. She strongly believes in the quote by Shelby Foote “A University is just a group of buildings gathered around a library”.
Ms. Henderson has served on several accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools evaluating libraries. Other professional organizations in which Ms. Henderson is an active member include Past President of the Two-Year College Library Association, Historical Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance, American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries and the Alabama Library Association. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Masters and ED.S from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and received certification in Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Mr. Donald Sledge, Assistant Dean of Career Technical Programs
Mr. Donald Sledge is the Assistant Dean for Career Technical Programs and has worked for Lawson State over 25 years. He is responsible for the direct oversight of programs related to Service Careers and Construction Careers including the following: Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, Barbering, Building Construction, Commercial Art, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Printing, Major Appliance Repair, Media Production, and Plumbing. Mr. Sledge graduated from Athens State College earning a Bachelor’s Degree and from Alabama A & M University earning a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Technical Education.
Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Sledge began work as a barber. He currently owns and operates Don’s Hair Care Center located in downtown Birmingham. In addition, Mr. Sledge holds licensure as a Master Barber. He believes that “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Tom Berryman, Director, Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence
Mr. Berryman holds a B.S. from Western Kentucky University and has been working in the automotive industry since 1979. He has been an automotive instructor since 1990, teaching locally, nationally, and internationally. He served as Treasurer of the Automotive Training Managers' Council, an international organization; Secretary of the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Fleet Administrators; and is a charter member of the Service Technicians Society. Mr. Berryman has been ASE Master Certified since 1985.