Dr. Royrickers Cook provides university-wide leadership for all outreach and engagement initiatives, spanning 12 colleges and schools, aimed at advancing Auburn University’s outreach mission of applying its educational resources to problems and issues faced by citizens of the State of Alabama and beyond. Dr. Cook has led the University Outreach division since 2006.
Dr. Cook is directly responsible for the following Auburn University outreach centers and institutes: the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, the Government and Economic Development Institute, the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, the Encyclopedia of Alabama, the Office of Public Service, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Office of Faculty Engagement and Outreach Global.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he is actively involved in connecting Auburn University to the international community. This involvement includes working on international education programs in South America, Central America, Africa and Asia. Many of these programs promote faculty and student exchanges, educational tours, international program development, and training for educators, businesses and governmental officials from across the globe.
A native of Auburn, Alabama, Dr. Cook holds three degrees in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University, culminating with a Ph.D. in 2000. He also occasionally lectures in the Department of Political Science and the Master of Public Administration Program. He has been principal or co-principal investigator on several large federal grants at the university. Dr. Cook also serves on the boards of several community and academic organizations.
Chippewa M. Thomas directs the Office of Faculty Engagement, a division of the Vice President’s Office for University Outreach at Auburn University. She is also a full professor of Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health) programs in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling/School Psychology in the College of Education. As both administrator and member of the faculty, she’s responsible for providing campus-wide leadership engaging faculty in outreach related work and the development of outreach scholarship. In an effort to create synergies across disciplines, Dr. Thomas facilitates joint projects between faculty and community partners, manages an internal competitive outreach grant program, and hosts an annual outreach scholarship symposium in keeping with the land-grant mission and strategic priorities of the university. She also teaches counselor education courses that prepare future mental health workforce professionals as well as counselor educators/supervisors at the doctoral level. She is involved in service to the university, professional organizations and in the community. Dr. Thomas the president of the Fulbright Association Alabama chapter. She conducts research, and is engaged in outreach activities locally and abroad that have allowed her to produce community engaged scholarship.
Claire Wilson has been a science and humanities editor and writer for more than 20 years. Her particular specialty is editing and working with scholarly, academic, and professional writing to make it accessible to a general audience. She has a background in Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geology and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Auburn University in 2012.
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Dr. Elizabeth Ivy Essamuah-Quansah is the Director of Auburn University Outreach Global. She principally facilitates and promote global education, community development, and practical enrichment partnerships with universities, businesses, governmental agencies, and NGOs across the globe for effective and sustainable developmental programs. She occasionally teaches "AU undergraduate Global Fluency class" and is a regular instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn (AU OLLI). Elizabeth also leads administrators, faculty and students for research and exchanges, developed free medical programs for developing countries, and has expertise in negotiating MOUs, establishment of international academic and non-academic partnerships and sustaining them. She was also a contributor and co-editor for "AU in Africa Magazine, help organized the Engagement Scholarship Consortium's (ESC) 2017 National Outreach Scholarship Conference, a convener at ESC 2017 conference and remains active member of Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Elizabeth also served as an Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, for which she provided vision, revised the functions of the enrollment management department, reviewed and designed recruitment materials, admissions processes, and increased enrollment. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement
103 O.D. Smith Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 | phone: 334-844-7460 | Website
Director, Government & Economic Development Institute
Jeremy Arthur - Biography
Jeremy Arthur joins the Government and Economic Development Institute as Director in February of 2021. A lifelong Alabamian, Arthur is a two-time Auburn graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and an MPA in public administration. He currently has completed coursework towards his Ph.D. in public administration and public policy at Auburn.
Prior to joining GEDI, Arthur served as President of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce Association for nine years, and as President of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for eight years prior to that. Arthur also serves as an instructor for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management in Washington, D.C.. Arthur began his relationship with GEDI, then named the Economic Development Institute, by working as a research assistant while attending Auburn University. He has also served on GEDI’s Advisory Board and as an instructor in Auburn’s Department of Political Science.
A graduate of Leadership Alabama, Arthur serves on numerous national and state boards and advisory councils including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Small Business, Alabama School Readiness Task Force, the Business Council of Alabama, the Economic Development Association of Alabama, as well as the Auburn Alumni Association and College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council. He also is active in local civic and community service organizations including the YMCA and Rotary.
Associate Director, Government & Economic Development Institute
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David Mixson - Biography
David Mixson serves as Associate Director of Auburn University’s Government & Economic Development Institute. He is responsible for overseeing GEDI’s operations, training programs, and technical assistance offerings to local governments, elected officials, and economic development professionals. David has over 20 years of university based economic development experience helping communities, businesses, and local governments address challenges using innovative approaches and tools. He has worked with federal and state agencies on economic development and government assistance projects over his career including: NIST, NASA, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. In his previous role as director of Auburn University’s Economic Development Administration University Center, he linked university expertise with Alabama businesses and organizations to improve their performance. He has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profits implement innovation methodologies including the Lean Start-Up, Business Model Canvas, and Innovation Engineering. David serves also serves as Vice President of the Educational Association of University Centers, an advocacy group that fosters positive economic transformation through higher education.
David is a certified Innovation Engineering Blackbelt, a Professional Certified Marketer with experience in landing page and search engine optimization. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. His prior experience includes working for Total System Services of Columbus, Georgia, where he held positions as Project Support Manager and Project Analyst.
Office of Professional and Continuing Education
301 OD Smith Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 | phone: 334-844-3100 | fax: 334-844-3101 | Website
Hope Stockton, MSM
Assistant Vice President for University Outreach and Professional and Continuing Education
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Hope Stockton - Biography
Hope Stockton earned her bachelor's degree in finance and history from Huntingdon College, a master's degree in management from Troy University, and is a PhD Candidate in Adult Education at Auburn University. She initially came to Auburn in 2003 as the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership in the College of Business. Prior to her employment with Auburn, Stockton spent 13 years in healthcare management and worked for the United States Army Budget Office in Vicenza, Italy. She brings 23 years of administrative and financial management experience to the office along with extensive experience in planning, developing and administering professional and continuing education programs. As the executive director, she provides leadership and administrative, financial and academic management for the OPCE.
Jim Franklin earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Auburn University at Montgomery. Prior to his joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, Jim worked for the YMCA of Greater Montgomery for 32 years. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer. Jim is responsible for the Auburn Youth Programs.
Shavon Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University, Phenix City, Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Texas. Prior to her joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in June 2014 as a Program Developer, Shavon was an instructor for Adult Education at Southern Union State Community College. She brings 25 years of combined service in banking, compliance and project management where she has facilitated and served in all aspects/capacities.
Daniel (Dong Woo) Yu, PhD
Assistant Director, Global Leadership Training Initiative
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Daniel (DongWoo) Yu - Biography
Daniel (Dong Woo) Yu earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Prior to his joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in November 2015, Daniel was a President/CEO of two Korean Automotive Suppliers, Hanwha Advanced Materials and SCAutotech. He brings the office 30 years of expertise in the areas of automotive industry, new business development and manufacturing operations and management as well as R&D in new technology. He now serves as an Assistant Director for Global Leadership Training Initiatives.
Office of Public Service
201 OD Smith Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 | phone: 334-844-4730 | fax: 334-844-4731 | Website
A lifelong Alabamian, Cost is a three-time Auburn graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education - Behavioral Disorders. Before her position at the University of Montevallo, Cost worked in the Auburn area in mental health and special education roles in the Lee County school system, East Alabama Mental Health and Lee County Youth Development Center, at Auburn University as a graduate teaching and research assistant and assistant director of the Summer Clinic program, and later as assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. At the University of Montevallo, Cost was professor of Special Education and responsible for program coordination, assessment and accreditation activities in the department. During her tenure, she launched the university’s service-learning program and developed two major civic engagement initiatives, “Falcon Scholars in Action,” a community outreach program with Shelby County non-profit agencies engaging university students, and the “Montevallo Connection” initiative which promoted collaboration between the university and the city’s public schools.
Cost’s community engagement and advocacy extended beyond campus to civic leadership, in which she served for more than 16 years as an elected Montevallo city council member and Mayor. In her two terms as mayor, she was responsible for all municipal operations including budget management, direct supervision of ten department heads, infrastructure maintenance and improvements, and overall promotion of civic engagement, social equity and inclusivity for citizens. During her administration she initiated a Students’ Institute, a Junior City Council, and a comprehensive recycling program among several other citywide initiatives.
A graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Shelby County, Cost has received a number of educational, municipal and civic engagement certifications from the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama League of Municipalities, and Auburn University’s Community and Civic Engagement Imagining America Institute. She has a comprehensive record of disciplinary research, grant acquisition, publication and presentation across her special education, civic engagement, and community development dossier. Among her many notable scholarly and public recognitions, Cost was named a Kettering Foundation Research Fellow, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Humanitarian of the Year, the Alabama Main Street Hero Award, Gulf-South Summit Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration Award, and Auburn University’s Academy for Civic Professionalism Alumni Award. She has been active in community service at both the local and state level including board service with the Shelby County Chamber, Alabama Environmental Commission, Alabama League of Municipalities, Montevallo Sister City Commission and many other initiatives.
Dr. Jocelyn Wilcher Vickers is a 4-time graduate of Auburn University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies in 1998, a M.Ed. in Adult Education in 1999, an Ed.S. in Adult Education in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education in 2012. She came to Auburn University as a transfer student in 1995 and after graduating with her undergraduate degree, she made the Auburn/Opelika area her home. Prior to University Outreach, she has been with Auburn University for 23 years in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for 18 years and the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction for 5 years. In addition to her job, Dr. Vickers advises three student organizations and occasionally teaches classes at Auburn University. She spends her free time volunteering at her church and in the community as well as spending her time with her partner Jermaine and their son Jaylin.
Karen Rankin provides divisional oversight and information technology support to all departments within University Outreach. Before joining University Outreach in 1994, she worked in the departments of Chemistry and Botany & Microbiology. Karen has degrees in Business Administration and Management Information Systems.
Ralph Foster is AVP Emeritus, having retired in 2020 after more than 31 years in the Outreach division. He continues to contribute to a number of special projects for University Outreach. A third generation alumnus, he has a BS in business administration from Auburn. Foster also received an MS in human resources from Troy University, and has additional study in adult and continuing education at the University of Georgia National Leadership Institute in Adult and Continuing Education. Foster’s professional and civic engagement includes board and committee positions in several state, regional, and national academic and community organizations. He has received a number of awards and recognitions for his civic and professional engagement over the years, including the title of Fellow in the Society for Advancement of Management, the highest professional designation of that international organization. His publications include journal articles and book chapters on ethics, education, management, marketing, and civic engagement.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
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Scott Bishop comes to OLLI most recently from Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art where she gathered fifteen years of experience developing academic and public programs and facilitating campus and community partnership. She earned a BA (Philosophy) and MA (English) from Auburn University, and she studied Art History at the graduate level at Emory University. Raised in Elmore County, she has been a resident of Auburn since 1974 where she and her husband, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art Gary Wagoner, raised two daughters who attended Auburn City Schools, one of whom is a graduate of Auburn University.