James H. Salley, Associate Vice-Chancellor

James H. Salley is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University. With more than 22 years of higher education administration experience, with offices both in Nashville at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the university site in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, Jim has been in ministry with Africa University since its inception.  He has  helped individual and corporate donors, local churches, annual conferences, and general agencies of the United Methodist Church connection and beyond understand the mission and needs of the "School of Dreams".  Jim serves as the chief advancement officer and fund raiser for the institution; he is in charge of the University’s institutional advancement program; and he is responsible for interpreting the programs of the University to local churches, organizations, and agencies throughout the United Methodist connection and beyond.

Josefa Bethea Wall, Director, Planned Giving

Josefa Bethea Wall joined the Africa University Development Office team as the interim director of planned giving in January 2020. She was confirmed in the position, effective July 1, 2020.

As a longstanding member of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee, Mrs. Bethea Wall volunteered her skills, insight and deep connections within The United Methodist Church on the recently completed “Seeding Hope. Shaping Opportunity. - $50M Campaign for Africa University”.

Mrs. Bethea Wall brings more than 18 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience to her new role, including close to three years as director of development at the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). She managed fundraising teams across multiple racial-ethnic development initiatives for the agency.

Lauranette Ford, Director of Finance

Lauranette S. Ford joined the Africa University Development Office (AUDO) as Director of Finance in November 2020. In this newly established position, Mrs. Ford oversees investment, finance, accounting, compliance and policy development, human resources, and overall office management.

Ford brings to the role, expertise gained over more than 35 years working with business, consulting and auditing and non-profit entities. She is not new to the AUDO, having been interacted while performing as an internal audit manager for the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church from 2004-2011.

“Her knowledge of The United Methodist Church is a major asset that puts her ahead of the learning curve in the challenging times in which we live and work in the denomination,” said Salley.

Over the past two years, Ford has supported the National Museum of African American Music’s $60M capital campaign in the areas of development, operations systems, and database management. A graduate of South Carolina State University, Ford holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting as well as certifications in internal audit, risk management, and project management.

Andra Stevens, Director of Communications & Creative Services

Andra Stevens serves as director of communications and creative services in the AUDO. She has been with Africa University since March 1995—working in communications, public affairs and institutional promotion from the main campus in Zimbabwe until her transfer to the AUDO in Nashville in late 2011. Prior to joining Africa University, Ms. Stevens was a full-time journalist and worked in television and print media in Canada and East Africa. She has also worked with the United Nations in the areas of human rights and the environment.

Shetieka Darvin, Office Coordinator

When you contact the Africa University Development Office, nine times out of ten, the voice on the other end of the line is that of Shetieka Darvin.  She joined the staff in November 2011, after working as a Data Entry Clerk for Genworth Financial and as an Office Assistant for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

 As an Office Coordinator, her responsibilities include receiving and making thank you calls, data entry, maintaining the database, mailing acknowledgement letters and resources, and other duties as assigned.  She graduated from National College of Business and Technology in 2007 with an A.S. in Computer Applications Technology. In 2012, she received her B.Sc. in Information Systems Security from ITT Technical Institute.

Providing you with the best customer care is one of Shetieka's goals.  Her motto is “If I can’t help you, then I will find someone who can.”  May God continue to bless you all as only He can.  Thank you for your continuous support in the ministry of Africa University.