Stevie L. Lawrence II was named dean of University College at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. University College is designed to provide a higher level of academic and social support for newly enrolled students who do not have the highest levels of academic achievement. Academic support programs at University College are aimed at easing the transition to the rigors of a college curriculum and increasing retention rates.
Dr. Lawrence had been serving as executive director for retention services and interim vice president for student success and enrollment management at Fort Valley State University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lawrence was director of college success services for the University of North Carolina System. He also taught at Shaw University in Raleigh.
Dr. Lawrence is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, where he majored in history. He holds a master of public administration degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi.