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CityBusiness: Woman of the Year. Where are they now? Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer PDF Print E-mail
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Contributing writer: Kerry Duff | CityBusiness

Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president of student success for Dillard University, loves working with college students. She's passionate about helping them reach their higher education goals, graduating from college and having a successful career.  

"I work with students every day and I love it," she said. "They can't withdraw from the university without speaking to me first. We discuss their issues, remove the barriers, and then turn things around so they can complete their education." 

A student recently came to see her after discovering she wasn't eligible for a Pell grant. The student was a senior with a 3.8 grade point average, and losing the grant made her $1,000 short on tuition. 

"She came in and told me she couldn't stay enrolled because she was losing part of her financial package, so I told her we have money available that the president raised through donations that she could use to finish her degree," she said. "The young woman had no idea we had money available. She qualified for the $1,000 and is finishing her degree in May. Other students on campus referred her to me. Word gets around when you help people be successful."

Barnes-Teamer has been at the college for nine years and is responsible for retention and graduation rates. She also handles enrollment management, student support services and student affairs, which includes student leadership development and activities, residential life and campus police. 

Dillard University has 1,200 students. Fifty percent live on campus and the other half are commuters. The vice president knows 80 percent of them, she said, from seeing them at events and around campus. 

Barnes-Teamer is a first generation college student. She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at Loyola University. Earning those degrees and a Ph.D. while raising three small children is her greatest accomplishment, she said. 

"Finding myself in a vice president's position is also a big triumph," she added. "It wasn't my goal. I just wanted to serve students. Nevertheless, I realized that if I wanted to make a difference for college students, I needed to be at the table and be able to make changes." 

She also has a major influence on the policies and procedures that impact student success at the school.

"It's an empowering feeling that not only am I at the table, but I can justify what I'm recommending. My colleagues support me and I can provide information that will allow us to move things in a direction to enhance student experiences," she said. 

On a personal level, the vice president is proud of being able to balance her work and family life. All three of her children live on campus at different colleges and the first one will graduate in May.

"That says I've done something right," she said with a chuckle. "All my kids are independent thinkers and have their own goals and objectives and that's a great accomplishment, too. I've also kept them grounded spiritually. We all go to church on Sundays, and if I'm out of town I find a place of worship. We keep God at the core of what we do. I laugh about my son, though. He tries to skirt around church, but it's the only way he's going to get a hot breakfast on Sunday before he heads back to school at Tulane." 

Barnes-Teamer was chosen as an honoree for Women of the Year in 2014. She has been reflecting on her contributions to the university and community since then, as well as mentoring young women from Dillard and other institutions across the state. She meets with seven women every other month who are interested in being a vice president, she said. 

"All these women reached out to me because they want to know the path I took to get where I am and any other advice I have to offer," she said. "They all aspire to be at this level and all of this happened after I was part of Women of the Year. It's great a great feeling to be recognized for the impact you have on the community in a chosen area." 

One topic she spends a lot of time on time with these women, she said, is being able to balance a family and successful career. 

"As women, we still have challenges to be successful because we have to balance our careers and family life," she said. "Many women feel it has to be a choice, but you can have both. For me it was about open dialogue and communication with my husband and sharing common goals and objectives. We sat down together and decided what was best for our family. You can't negotiate if you're not communicating." 

She also advises young businesswomen to be true to themselves, focus on what they want in life and not what someone wants for them, be pleased with the person they see in the mirror and not give up on what they value for any job or a partner. 

Dillard University Names Janel Green as Vice President for Business and Finance PDF Print E-mail
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j-greenNEW ORLEANS – Dillard University is pleased to announce the appointment of Janel Marts Green as Vice President for Business and Finance.

Green had been serving in the role on an interim basis since June 1, 2015, and officially assumed the role of Vice President on March 1, 2016.  She has been with the University since 2011, having previously served as Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Business and Finance as well as Budget Director.

“Janel has done an awesome job as our interim CFO,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough.  “She came in and was an authentic partner with all campus constituencies, rolled up her sleeves and did the work.  Both at the board and cabinet levels, she has received lots of praise for her work.”

She is responsible to the President for overseeing Accounting and Finance, Investments, Budgeting and Forecasting, Student Accounts, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and Risk Management, and Auxiliary Services.

Green graduated from the University of New Orleans where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  Prior to Dillard, Green served as Finance Manager and AVP at Capital One Bank and Hibernia National Bank.  Before moving into the banking industry, she also worked in the finance offices of United Healthcare and Ochsner Health System.

Green in a native New Orleanian.  She and her husband Robby M. Green Sr. have two children, Robby Jr. and Rashad.

Dillard University Set to Host Women’s Leadership Brunch PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Walker’s Legacy, an organization dedicated to cultivating and empowering businesswomen of color

WHAT:           Women’s Leadership Brunch

WHERE:         Dillard Student Union Ballroom, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, La., 70122

WHEN:           March 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

WHY:             Walker’s Legacy, named for Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire, is a professional collective that works to promote the career advancement, skill sets and networks of women in business and women entrepreneurs. This brunch will feature a number of successful speakers as well as a program designed to help women:

  • Understand their professional strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn tips to build the confidence needed to succeed
  • Define their professional and entrepreneurial vision
  • Understand how to inspire others to help them reach their goals

Featured speakers for the event include: Antwan Harris, WWL-TV reporter; Jaquelyn Harris, district manager for ADP; Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, Dillard University athletic director; Downtown Lesli Brown, on-air personality, Power 102.9 FM; and Ariel M. Wilson, founder of the Orchid Society.

For more information, visit



2601 Gentilly Boulevard   New Orleans, La. 70122  504.283.8822

Watch the Dillard Bleu Devils take on Campbellsville at the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Our Bleu Devils can't be stopped!

Yesterday, Dillard knocked off the second-seeded Royals of Hope International in a rout, winning 111-91. The Bleu Devils now advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2003.

Let's do it again today as Dillard moves on to face the sixth-seed in their bracket, Campbellsville. The Lions entered the tournament ranked 23rd in the nation.

Join us in the Kearny Dining Hall at 4:00 pm to watch the game on the big screen.  Dr. Kimbrough has generously agreed to pay for the meals of the first 20 guests to arrive. 

The game tips off at 4:30 pm, so don't miss a minute of the action.

One down. Four to go.

Use #GeauxBleu on twitter.

The first 20 games of the national championship will be video-streamed live at The championship final will air on ESPN3 for the third-straight season on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95 while an all-tournament package is available at $29.95.

For more information on the NAIA tournament, visit

Dillard University Welcomes Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey for Inaugural UMC Day Chapel Service PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University, Office of the Chaplain, Division of Student Success

WHAT:           First Annual UCM Day Chapel Service

WHERE:        Lawless Memorial Chapel, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122

WHEN:          March 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

WHY:           UMC Day has been designed as a celebration and commemoration of the long history between Dillard University and both the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.  Since the merger of New Orleans University and Straight University in 1935 to form what is now Dillard University, the school has maintained its affiliations with both denominations.  Those relationships have played a vital role in establishing the identity of the University and in servicing the religious and spiritual needs of the campus community.

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is the featured speaker at this year’s inaugural event.  She has served with the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2012, representing 486 congregations and 118,725 members throughout the state.  Bishop Harvey has spent much of her time leading community outreach efforts, hosting town hall meetings, and ministering to youth.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Centenary College, Dillard University, and the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana.  Additionally, Bishop Harvey chairs the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries for The United Methodist Church, and is a former president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops.

For more information, visit or call (504) 816-4791

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