Office of Equity, Access & Inclusion Staff
LaNeeça R. Williams (she, her, hers)
Earned Certifications: Association of the Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)--Civil Rights Investigator-Level 1, Title IX Coordinator- Level 2, ADA/504 Coordinator
LaNeeça R. Williams began in her role July 2019, to direct and manage the newly formed office of Equity, Access and Inclusion. At APSU, Williams is responsible for developing and integration of the strategic plan for diversity, including recruiting diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment, the compliance of Title IX, and ensuring accountability of those efforts through the Office of Equity, Access and Inclusion. Since, assuming the role, Williams has established a framework for policy and practices that have advanced how APSU conducts Title IX investigations, including supporting several campus members being trained as certified investigators through ATIXA. Williams is also working with leadership to implement strategies for developing actionable and attainable diversity plans for every unit/department within the campus community. Williams works with several campus members to conduct training and informational sessions to help foster a more inclusive environment that is welcoming for all campus members that address ism's and bring awareness to social justice issues. Williams is also a member of the President's Cabinet and several University Committees.
Prior to arriving at APSU, Williams was the Chief Diversity Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at the University of Evansville, the Director of Affirmative Action/EEO and Diversity& Title IX Coordinator at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and the Assistant Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity at Indiana State University.
Williams received her Master's and Bachelor's of Science degrees from Indiana State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate from Johnson University in Tennessee in Business and Leadership Studies. Williams is married to Rodney and they have four children and a dog named Ruby.
Mrs. Sheila M. Bryant
Earned Certifications: Association of the Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), and the American with Disabilities Network.
Sheila M. Bryant is the Director of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action. Mrs. Bryant provides leadership in the recommending, developing, and implementing policies, procedures and programs regarding all aspects of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, equity, access, and disability. She serves as the Title VI and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University with responsibility for investigating allegations of discrimination and harassment, identifying and addressing any patterns of systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints, and preventive education/training for students and university personnel. Mrs. Bryant also serves as the University's American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. She is a member of the President's Cabinet and serves on various campus committees (e.g., Athletic Committee, Committee for Person's with Disabilities, Diversity Committee, and the Sexual Misconduct Programming Committee).
Prior to her current position as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Mrs. Bryant served as the University Registrar at APSU with responsibility for the collection of grades, maintenance of academic student records, review and certification of degree requirement and graduation. Other responsibilities included supervision of office personnel, athletic eligibility certification, committee presentation, and bulletin preparation. Prior to joining APSU in 1990, Mrs. Bryant worked at the College of Charleston (CofC) in Charleston, SC in several capacities, the last one serving as the Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Registrar.
Mrs. Bryant earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Tennessee State University in 1994 and a Bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in 1985. She is married to Joe L. Bryant and they have a fifteen-year-old child, Madisen.
Earned Certification: Association of the Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)--Civil Rights Investigator-Level 1
Marilyn Richard started her role at Austin Peay in January of 2021. Marilyn is looking forward to her experience at Austin Peay State University as the EEO and ADA Resource Officer in the Office of Equity, Access and Inclusion. She is a graduate of Indiana University earning a degree in sociology. She has had her Senior Professional of Human Resources certification since 2004. Marilyn’s work experience began in social services. Her work has primarily been in Human Resources with the most recent years working in hospitals and large physician practices as Director and VP of Human Resources. During that time, she became interested in employment law, equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion.
In her HR roles, she was very involved in employee engagement and retention and focused the majority of my time on employee relations. In this role, she assisted staff at all levels of the organization in working through challenges and issues in the work environment, while reducing risk for the organization. She has also been involved in staff development, training and rewards and recognition. Marilyn states, “Employee Relations has been my favorite part of my human resources experience as it brings challenging issues, there is always something to learn, few dull moments and includes the pleasure of helping others.” Her experience also includes working with legal counsel. She has enjoyed learning about employment law and working with attorneys to resolve issues.
Marilyn who is fairly new to Clarksville, TN moved to the area with her husband Chris from Northern Indiana in 2017. They lived 90 miles from Lake Michigan and had experienced far too much lake effect snow and cold. Their careers led them to the South and to better climates. They both love the weather and beautiful scenery in Tennessee and will not complain, at least not much, about it being too hot. Her husband Chris spends his time as an electronic engineer. Marilyn and Chris have two daughters, Alexis and Julie. Both daughters live on the east coast where they enjoy visiting them in the summertime. They will soon to welcome a third grandchild, a girl after two rambunctious boys, Sebastian and Damien.