Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

  • Faculty/Staff Spotlight-Jennifer Townes

    Jennifer Townes is the Head of Reference and Instructional Services at Saint Augustine’s College. Mrs. Townes provides information literacy classes, research methodology, and bibliographic instruction to Saint Aug students and faculty. She is in her second year at the Prezell R. Robinson Library, and is excited to see the changes being wrought all over campus. One change of which she is very proud is the implementation of LibGuides at the library. LibGuides are one-stop-research-shops on the web, created by Mrs. Townes in collaboration with faculty. Check them out at libguides.st-aug.edu. Mrs. Townes hails from Orlando, Florida, but has also lived in Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, and Colorado. She loves living in Durham, and considers it her permanent home. Mrs. Townes married her high school sweetheart, Owen, in 2003, and they will celebrate their ninth anniversary in June. They have five cats, two snakes, and volunteer as a foster family for Independent Animal Rescue of Durham. Mrs. Townes enjoys being outdoors in her garden or at home with her husband. She also paints, sews, embroiders, plays music, and, of course, reads. She arrived at Saint Augustine’s in 2011 after working at various North Carolina libraries. Previously she worked as a project cataloger at the State Library of North Carolina, as a librarian in the North Carolina Collection at UNC, as a copy cataloger at the Davis Library at UNC, and as a library technician at Durham Technical Community College. She has also recently worked as a freelance archivist for former Secretary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Patricia Derian. Mrs. Townes’s major research interest is ‘information philanthropy’ – helping people by providing essential information with which to better their lives. Mrs. Townes holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School of Information and Library Science, where she received a fellowship in the Carolina Academic Library Associate program. She also holds a B.A. in English Literature from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her professional work has been published in North Carolina Libraries and in Tournaments Illuminated. Jennifer Townes loves to chat about books, the library, school – anything really. She welcomes visitors to her office in the library and she would be happy to entertain anyone who would like to get to know her better.


  • Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Thurman Hollins

    Thurman Hollins was born in Conway, South Carolina and is a graduate of Marion High School in Marion, SC. He completed his Bachelors of Music Education degree at Norfolk State University and Masters in Music Education at Winthrop University. He recently began further studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. His music teaching experience includes holding positions as Director of Bands at Highland Springs High School (Richmond, Virginia), Wilson Middle School (Charlotte, North Carolina), Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, NC), and Charles Drew Charter Elementary School (Atlanta, GA). Mr. Hollins has received numerous awards and achievements including First Year Teacher of the Year (Henrico County, VA), 1st Place Band at the National High School High-stepping Championship, Superior Ratings at Regional and National Concert and Jazz band Festivals, and a Resolution from the State of Virginia Board of Education. He has been featured in Profiles in Pride Magazine, the Richmond Free Press, Virginia Pilot, and the Charlotte Observer. Mr. Hollins is a member of the National Education Association, Virginia Education Association, North Carolina Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Intercollegiate Music Association, and the HBCU National Band Director’s Consortium. He is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Spartan Alpha Tau Honor Society. He has served as guest clinician and adjudicator for many organizations on the east coast. He is currently the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Augustine’s University. He is married to Clytha Hollins and they have 2 children Dorian and Jayden.


  • Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Shareef

    Elizabeth Shareef joined Saint Augustine’s University in July of 2011 as the administrative assistant for the Right of Way Program. Shareef earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA from North Carolina Central University. She has worked in the banking and pharmaceutical industries, yet has a passion for the education field. Coming from a family of educators, it’s no surprise that while in graduate school, Shareef worked for a dean at Central. “I was taught that if you truly want to make a difference in someone’s life educate them,” stated Shareef. “That’s why I enjoy working at this university.”


  • Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Chinita Elliott

    Chinita Elliott was born and raised in Oxford, NC and graduated from ECPI University with a degree in Office Technology and Computers II. Prior to coming on board at Saint Augustine's University, Elliott was a customer service representative at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has been the Special Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development, Marc Newman, for four years. She enjoys the busy environment and the multi-tasking she handles from day-to-day. Elliott’s patience and laid back demeanour makes her a perfect fit for the Advancement office. Elliott is married with two children, 14 year old son Eddie and a 11 year old daughter Sierra. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking and playing Wii.