Staff Senate


The membership of the Staff Senate shall consist of all employees that are Subject to the Personnel Act (SPA) and Exempt from the Personnel Act (EPA) non-faculty employees, whether permanent full time or permanent part time.

The WSSU Staff Senate meets monthly for one hour unless otherwise announced. Meetings shall be held once a month between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Notice of meetings shall be received by the membership at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.

The Executive Committee shall be composed of elected officers and the chair of each committee. The Executive Committee shall conduct business between monthly Staff Senate meetings and shall report such action(s) to the full Staff Senate during its monthly meetings.

Staff Senate By-Laws
(printable .pdf)

Fundraising Committee - Guila Cooper

The Fundraising Committee will be responsible for budgetary and financial matters, as well as reporting budget status and preparing a budget for the Executive Committee. This committee shall also develop policies and procedures for committees of the Staff Senate in compliance with university and state policies, especially regarding fund raising events. This committee is also responsible to ensure that appropriate entities of the university are properly notified. The Fundraising Committee shall provide information regarding common campus resources that may help alleviate certain budgetary constraints, and other general budgeting and/or information. 

Guila Cooper 8615
  Mary Fries   8848

Campus Culture Committee - Chelii Broussard and Tiffany Seawright

The Campus Culture Committee shall provide recommendations to improve the culture on campus. Winston-Salem State University is committed to providing a workplace in which all individuals are treated respectfully and equally. We celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Chelii Broussard  8743
Toreisha Faison 3045
Bridgette Holmes 8649
Shannon Mebane 8531
Katrina Myers 3082
Tiffany Seawright 8041
Christian Williams 2981

Communications Committee - Tarina A. Whitfield

The Communications Committee shall be responsible for regularly disseminating information of interest to the staff of WSSU. The committee shall receive, edit, or produce and then distribute general communications for Staff Senate related materials via the designated Staff Senate email. This committee shall publish a wrap-up of the monthly Staff Senate general meetings. This committee shall also maintain and manage the Staff Senate's website to ensure accurate and up-to-date information is available at all times.

Ellen Campbell 2750
LaVon D. Gray 8936
Derrick Hargrove 2409
Tarina Whitfield 8926

Community Service Committee - Rod Isom

The Community Service Committee shall identify community service activities or initiatives on campus and in the surrounding community that are relevant to WSSU staff and shall coordinate staff participation in these activities. A strong emphasis is placed on Staff Senate presence in and devotion to WSSU and the community. The staff is encouraged to submit their service interests, needs, and ideas to the committee chairs throughout the year.

Deona Cureton 3463
Javon Lee 2059
Kimberlee McNeil 2508
Santonius Isom 8047

Employee Recognition Committee - Regina Craven

The Employee Recognition Committee is responsible for programs designed to boost morale and/or recognize employees for outstanding accomplishments in the workplace. Representatives from this committee shall work with, or become a part of, any existing committees performing the same or similar functions on behalf of the university.

Regina Craven 3147
Shagail Reed 2449

Governance Committee - Jonathan Smith

The Governance Committee shall confer with the Executive Committee through the appropriate legislative offices of the university about issues important to the mission of the Staff Senate and the university as a whole. This committee is designed to encourage participation of the members of the Staff Senate in the political process, to serve in an advocacy role for the betterment of the staff of WSSU, and to communicate to the Staff Senate and the staff of the university regarding issues impacting higher education employees.

The committee shall serve as a resource for the Staff Senate on questions and concerns relating to the Bylaws and/or parliamentary procedures. The committee shall review all Staff Senate constitutions, bylaws and procedures, when adopted and/or amended for conflict or inconsistency with WSSU Staff Senate and UNC Staff Assembly governance. This committee shall advise the Staff Senate on resolving conflicts with any documents relating to the Staff Senate/UNC Staff Assembly. The committee shall request the Executive Committee action when necessary to bring Staff Senate documents and procedures into conformity with stated parliamentary procedures.

The committee shall advise the Staff Senate of changes to the bylaws that may require action of the WSSU Staff Senate to avoid conflict or inconsistency in Governance of the State.

Jonathan Smith 8046
LaVon D. Gray 8936
Melvin Fenner 2754

Health & Wellness Committee - Deana Brim

The Health and Wellness Committee provides educational information that encourages better health practices. Workshops, seminars, and special events focus on five areas: self-responsibility, nutritional awareness, physical fitness, stress management, and environmental sensitivity. This committee is directed to collaborate with campus wide initiatives associated with health and wellness.

Deana Brim 3345

Nominating Committee - Vacant

The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President. The nominating process shall be determined by the President at least 30 days prior to the election of new officers at the end of every two (2) years.

 Vacant  -  -

Orientation Committee - Karen Cession

The Orientation Committee educates newly elected members and alternates to enable them to become fully contributing members of the Staff Senate and provides continuing development for members. The chair of this committee represents Staff Senate during Human Resource’s new employee orientation sessions to educate new employees of the university about the Staff Senate.

Karen Cession  2047
Carol Brooks-Fonville  2656
Sharon Hill 2772
Delana Sellars  2820

Professional Development Committee - Kevin Byers

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is designed to provide support to SPA and EPA non-faculty for professional development needs to perform their jobs to attain the university’s mission, goals, priorities and employee needs as resources are available. This committee monitors the activity of the professional development funds as well as the application and awards process. This includes promoting the application period and establishing guidelines for the 1) written application 2) rating system and 3) selection process for use by the Staff Senate. Upon approval of a recipient, the chair of the committee will distribute a congratulatory correspondence to the staff member and execute the paperwork for processing.

Professional development needs may include: assistance with books, academic assistance for activities that directly relate to development of key competencies, attending conferences and workshops. The academic assistance program is not an employee benefit, right or entitlement; it is a management program for workforce development.

The Professional Development Committee shall be responsible for the development and implementation of educational opportunities in conjunction with the staff development officer of the university that fosters the following nine (9) professional core competencies:

1) Diversity and Inclusion
2) Ethics and Morals
3) Leadership Development
4) Mentoring, Advising and Service
5) Personal Development
6) Professional Best Practices
7) Professional Competencies and Development
8) Student Engagement and Service
9) Values, Integrity and Character

The professional core competencies are a set of operating values and guiding career philosophies that governs and defines the development of the whole employee. Each competency will be used to govern our internal motivations and conduct as we continue to work to better develop our operating processes and build stronger relationships with our internal and external constituents. All applications made to the PDC shall reflect one or more of the above core competencies.

Kevin B. Byers
Winston Bagley 
Guila Cooper
Toreisha Faison 
Forrest Foster 
LaVon D. Gray
Michelle Jordan 2275
Terrance Martin  2942
Jennifer Wolfe 2762

Workplace Improvement Committee - Cheryl Jefferies - WIC Committee Photo

The Workplace Improvement Committee shall be responsible for gathering information regarding workplace improvement recommendations and/or questions that are not addressed by employee grievance policies and procedures. The committee will present recommendations and/or questions to the Executive Committee for consideration and approval prior to submitting to the Chancellor for discussion and/or action.

Cheryl Jefferies  3090
Latasha Arnold  3386
Angela Peterson-Beatty 2949
Barry Blue 2976
Stephanie Galloway 8009
Arnita Hill  3211
Sophia Kennedy 2520
Aaron Leftwich 3466
Shagail Reed 2442
Betty Tilley 3056
Dianne Walker
Christian Williams 2981

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

Follow WSSU on FacebookFollow WSSU on TwitterWSSU is on Youtube
WSSU Photos on FlickrRamPages BlogWSSU is on Instagram
Copyright © 2016 Winston-Salem State University