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Dr. Phyllis Qualls

Title: Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Communications and Marketing
Company: American Baptist College
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Phyllis Qualls, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Communications and Marketing at American Baptist College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.

Since 2019, Dr. Qualls has provided superior service as vice president for institutional advancement, communications and marketing of American Baptist College, a private Baptist college in Nashville, Tennessee, affiliated with the National Baptist Convention. Established in 1924, the College has educated civil rights champions, national leaders and Christian ministers.

Previously, Dr. Qualls had excelled as director of public relations with Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and from 1991 to 2004 with Tennessee State University in Nashville. She then prospered as assistant commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development from 2004 to 2011, as executive director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women from 2012 to 2016 and deputy clerk of Metro Nashville Davidson County from 2016 to 2019. Dr. Qualls earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration in 2006 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Dr. Qualls has garnered numerous honors during her career including the Johnella H. Martin Award for outstanding leadership in the community presented by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; an ATHENA Leadership Award; a Vision Award given by the Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Tennessee State University Woman of Legend and Merit; Woman of Influence Award from the National Business Journal. Additionally, Dr. Qualls was named RC Cola and Moon Pie Queen at the 14th Annual Moon Pie Festival in Nashville.

Dr. Qualls became involved in her profession because she came from a family of educators. She majored in theater and therefore the whole area of public relations, education and women’s issues were a part of her, and to communicate with passion and confidence was her goal. She has taken pride in coordinating media for the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference in 2012 and 2016, meeting first lady Rosalynn Carter  and former President Bill Clinton, handling Tennessee State University’s Homecoming and coordinating the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series at American Baptist College with writer and historian Jon Meacham, discussing Rep. John Lewis and Dr. Riggins Earl, lecturing about Rev. C. T. Vivian, and coordinating the Rep. John Lewis Memorial Celebration at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, in Nashville. However, Dr. Qualls maintains that the highlight of her career was the birth of her daughter Lovette.

In coming years, Dr. Qualls wants to successfully complete some major projects at American Baptist College in the area of fundraising and student enrollment, and also intends to complete two books.

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