College Leadership

Doria Kathleen Stitts, Ph.D. (Kathy)

Dean of The College

Doria Kathleen Stitts, Ph.D. (Kathy)

Dr. Doria Kathleen Stitts is the Interim Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Marketing. She serves a committed team of faculty and staff who work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, to provide outstanding instruction, impactful scholarship, and supportive academic and co-curricular services to student scholars, propelling them into a modern society prepared to be productive and progressive global citizens.

In addition to her role as Interim Dean, Dr. Stitts also serves as Associate Provost and Dean of University College and Lifelong Learning- a dedicated unit that provides orientation, academic advising, and academic support services to students along their academic journeys. Dr. Stitts also served as the Associate Provost of the Division of Lifelong Learning where she led the offices of Distance Learning, Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, and Adult and Nontraditional Student Services.

Dr. Stitts began her tenure at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing of the School of Business and Economics, where she helped manage internal operations, advanced the strategic goals of the school, and ensured compliance in school and university accreditation efforts. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Stitts taught marketing and university courses, and served as advisor to the WSSU undergraduate chapter of the National Black MBA Association, one of the first undergraduate chapters chartered in the country.

Prior to her tenure at WSSU, Dr. Stitts served as chairperson and associate professor of the Department of Management and Marketing at Virginia State University (VSU).  While at VSU, Dr. Stitts managed one of the largest departments in the university, taught courses in marketing, advised graduating seniors, and coordinated the Professional Enhancement Program, a program designed to help cultivate professional and leadership skills in students.

Dr. Stitts completed the ACE Women’s Leadership Forum in 2016, is a graduate of the 2015 HERS Leadership Institute, the 2012 Class of the WSSU Chancellor’s Leadership Institute, and the 2007 class of Leadership Winston-Salem. She is a member of the boards of Senior Services and the Bethesda Center.  She has served as chair and vice-chair of the boards of Leadership-Winston-Salem and Habitat for Humanity.  She has also served on the Board of Hospice and Palliative CareCenter of Forsyth County, where she chaired the Public Relations Committee.  She has received several awards and recognitions including the Cedric Rodney Service Award, the Wachovia Excellence in Teaching Award from WSSU, the City of Winston-Salem Great Women Leaders Award, the Virginia State University Outstanding Faculty Award, and she was a two-time Nissan Fellow for the Nissan-HBCU Summer Institute.  She also holds memberships with the American Marketing Association, the National Black MBA Association, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Winston-Salem Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Dr. Stitts’ research interests have included student retention, advising, relationship marketing, professionalism, etiquette, assessment, and ethics.  She has given presentations and motivational speeches to various audiences, including a TEDxWinston-Salem Women talk in 2016. Her passion for student success is evidenced in her innovative programming with internal and external partners throughout the community. Dr. Stitts, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, attended Florida A & M University, where she received her B.S. degree in accounting and her MBA. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from Florida State University.