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General CounselDannelle F. W. Whiteside

General Counsel

Dannelle Walker Whiteside currently serves as General Counsel for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she leads the APSU Office of Legal Affairs and serves as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees. She has worked extensively in the areas of education law and policy and has dedicated her career to promoting equal access to education.

Whiteside previously served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA where she reviewed, evaluated, and resolved complex and sensitive cases ranging from sexual violence to disability discrimination, in both the elementary and postsecondary contexts. She has also previously served as General Counsel for the Tennessee State Board of Education and District Policy Advisor for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Whiteside has been named a Nashville Emerging Leader in the Education category by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, a Nation’s Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers Under 40, and a Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30. She earned a J.D. in 2009 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2006. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Tennessee.



University AttorneyCostin D. Shamble

University Attorney

Prior to her appointment as University Attorney at Austin Peay State University, Costin Shamble served as Diversity Compliance Manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Prior to her work with TDEC, Ms. Shamble served as Tax Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Revenue. She began her professional career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. She was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2016.

Ms. Shamble has been frequently sought to speak on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion by government agencies and area universities.

A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College where she was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Ms. Shamble received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University.



Legal SecretaryVeronica Jackson

Legal Secretary

Veronica Jackson currently serves in the Office of Legal Affairs at Austin Peay State University as Legal Secretary. Her higher education work experience spans twenty years; three universities; and various departments. The Business Office, College of Graduate Studies, Distance Education and Legal Affairs and Strategic Planning to name a few.

Jackson has held various supportive roles outside of education as an army veteran, family readiness group leader, and military spouse. She currently supports her extended Austin Peay family using the knowledge she’s learned throughout the years.

While maintaining full-time employment Jackson earned her Bachelor of Professional Studies, cum laude, in 2010 and a Master of Science in Management, with honors, in 2011 from Austin Peay State University.