Craig E. Burgess, J.D.
Office: Richards Hall
Degrees: B.S., The Citadel • J.D., University of South Carolina
Craig Burgess, the University’s first General Counsel, joined CSU in June 2016. Burgess was General Counsel of South Carolina State University immediately prior to CSU. His more than 20 years of legal experience includes his tenure as an Associate and Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina and Senior Litigation Counsel for BellSouth and AT&T in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lauren Jones, J.D.
Director, CAA/Title IX Compliance Coordinator
Office: Schuster Center 221
Degrees: M.S.Ed., University of Kansas • J.D., New England School of Law
Lauren Jones serves as the University's Title IX Coordinator as well as the Director of the Center for Accommodation and Access. Prior to joining the CSU family, she led the Office of Compliance and was the Title IX Coordinator at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX and was an associate at Foley & MacAdie, P.C. in Concord, MA. She holds her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law and a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. She has received such honors and distinctions as a Certification of Appreciation from the Drug Enforcement Administration (2018), New England School of Law Service Award (2013), NASPA IV-West Graduate Student Rising Star Award (2008). She is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar, a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society. She is also an avid baker, dog mom, and a proud Delta Gamma.
Shanita L. Pettaway, J.D., Ph.D.
Contracts Manager and Policy Coordinator
Office: Richards Hall
Degrees: MPA, Southern University and A&M College • M.Ed., Auburn University • J.D., Southern University Law Center • Ph.D., Auburn University
Shanita L. Pettaway serves as the University's Contracts Manager and Policy Coordinator. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Administration of Higher Education, from Auburn University, a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center, a Master of Public Administration from Southern University and A & M College, a Master of Education, Administration of Higher Education, from Auburn University, and a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching from Auburn University. She is a recipient of the President's Graduate Opportunities Fellowship (2017), Auburn University; Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Endowment Graduate Award, Auburn University (2016); and Chancellor's Public Service Award, Southern University Law Center (2011). She is an inductee of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Golden Key International Honor Society, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Ryan J. Lynch, D. Phil. (Oxon)
Position: Policy Fellow/Assistant Professor of History
Office: Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place 327
Degrees: D.Phil., University of Oxford • M.Phil., University of Oxford • M.Litt., University of St Andrews • B.A., Stetson University
Dr. Ryan J. Lynch is the Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World and serves the Office of the President as faculty Policy Fellow. A graduate of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, Lynch joined Columbus State in 2016 after previously teaching for Oxford, Stetson University, and Middlebury College. In addition to his specialization in pre-modern Middle Eastern history and studies, he has also been involved in developing university policy since his days as an undergraduate and student government association senator. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and also directs Columbus State's graduate program in History.