C. Bernard McCrary, Director
Bernard is responsible for the overall mission of the office to promote quality services and programs related to the retention, progression and graduation of African Americans attending Georgia State University. He brings a diverse background in higher education experience having worked for two other University System of Georgia institutions.
Bernard began his career in student affairs at his alma mater, Columbus State University, as a student development specialist for diversity programs and services. In this role, he helped to develop and direct the university’s Projecting Hope African American Male Initiative, a grant funded program focused on the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of black males in the University System of Georgia. He also advised the student activities council and worked very closely with the student government association.
Upon completion of his master’s degree, Bernard transitioned to Kennesaw State University as the assistant director for student involvement. There, he oversaw nearly 200 registered student organizations and directly advised the student government association and student activities board.
He holds a certification from the Georgia College Personnel Association for successful completion of the 2008-2009 Student Affairs Foundations Institute. He is a member of the American College Personnel Association, the executive board of the Georgia College Personnel Association, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is also a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Bernard holds a number of other professional, service and student advisor affiliations. He plans to pursue a doctorate in higher education administration and social foundations with research interests in black male resiliency and persistence from rural areas.
Travis Liggins, Senior Student Development Specialist
Travis joined Georgia State University in 2015. Previously, Travis worked at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in a dual role as an educational specialist and Tennessee Institute for Pre-Health Professionals coordinator for underrepresented students. He has professional experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives, academic and career advising, pre-collegiate summer achievement programs and event and program planning. Travis earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his masters in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University.
Within Black Student Achievement, his duties include serving as a facilitator for GRE Prep, providing student academic advisement, coordinating tutorial services and serving as staff advisor to student organizations, such as Peerless Perfexion, Conscious Collective and National Black Law Students Association (Pre-Law Division). He is also a member of Georgia State’s Healthy State Initiative.
Kernysha L. Rowe, Senior Student Development Specialist
Kernysha provides leadership development and support and advises the following organizations: Be You!, Black Student Alliance, Black Sophomore Society, Black Graduate Student Association, Greatest Minds Society, Infinite Appeal Modeling Organization and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Kernysha began her career at Fisk University as the associate director of student development and residence life where she transformed the residential education resulting in increased retention, established the first residential hall judicial board and advised student organizations. Later she transitioned to The University of Dayton where she served as the assistant director of student life advising the student government association, campus activities board and coordinating late night programs.
Kernysha is a member of the College Student Educators International (ACPA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. She has presented at national conferences on several occasions and received adviser of the year and outstanding student organization adviser at previous institutions. Kernysha earned a masters of business administration from The University of Phoenix, a masters in higher education administration from The George Washington University and a bachelors in mass communication and journalism from Florida International University. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a doctorate in counseling and student personnel services with research interests in black graduate student services and retention.