Meet the Office



Dr. Quincy J. Byrdsong
Vice President of Academic Planning & Strategic Initiatives
Chief Diversity Officer



Dr. Lindsey West
Healthy Perspectives

Dr. West is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior.  West Graduated from Brown University with an A. B. in Psychology and received her M.A. and PhD in Clinica Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, MA.  Dr. West completed her predoctoralinternship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Augusta University within the Department of Psychiatry and health Behavior and the Educational Innovation Institute.  Her research has focused primarily on enhancing the mental healt and quality of life of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  In addition, West is interested in teaching large-scale diversity trainings and workshops to all levels of learners in order to enhance individual knowledge, attitudes, comfort, and behaviors.  Dr. West is also a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia and South Carolina.



Sharmen Tutt
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President

Sharmen began her employment with Augusta University as an Office Specialist in the Director’s Suite of the Cancer Research Center. Prior to coming to Augusta University, she worked for five years with the City of Augusta as an Administrative Assistant. Sharmen is a licensed Property and Casualty agent in the state of Georgia, a former member of the Greater Augusta Arts Council (where some of her art work has been featured), a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and also a trained Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault advocate. Sharmen spends a good bit of her time volunteering with the inner city youth and she is currently volunteering as a reading mentor with the Mayor's Power Lunch Series. Ms. Tutt attends Antioch Baptist Church.

Glenn Powell


Glenn Powell
Employment Equity Director

Glenn is the Employment Equity Director for the Office of Employment Equity (OEE). He has over 20 years of HR experience at the division, and corporate levels in mining, chemicals, oil and gas, and higher education. His special interest is in performance-based Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations and Diversity/EEO. He is a certified instructor in Crucial Conversations, Mediation, and Diversity Training; having received additional training in Succession Planning and Talent Review, AchieveGlobal Leadership, DDI's Interaction Manager, Targeted Selection, and Positive Discipline.

Judy Spencer


Judy Spencer, MS, SPHR
Employment Equity Specialist

Judy is the Employment Equity Specialist for OEE.  Spencer graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.  Prior to joining Augusta University, she spent her entire career at Savannah River Site and gained experience in the Administrative, Communications/Public Relations and Human Resources fields.  She is a certified Mediator and holds SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certifications.  She is active with the CSRA Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Board of Directors and has served as certification chair, communications co-chair, Vice President of Membership, President-Elect and is currently serving as President.  In addition, she has served on the SHRM Georgia State Council as Secretary, and is currently serving as Certification Director.  She serves as a Member-At-Large on the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group Board of Directors.  She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Antoinette Lewis


Antoinette Lewis
Employment Equity Analyst

Antoinette is the Employment Equity Analyst for OEE. She began her career back in 1997, under MCG as a Lab Assistant. Prior to accepting her position as Analyst, she worked as Desk Operation Specialist for GHS Hospital and Clinics. Her background is in Medical Administration which includes 5 years as Manager for one of nation’s leading laboratories. In her free time, Antoinette enjoys mentoring young people and implemented the S.O.F.AB (Speaking Out Freely Against Bullying) campaign at her local church.

L.D. Newman, MA, JD


L.D. Newman, MA, JD
Director of International & Postdoctoral Services Office

LD is Director of the International and Postdoctoral Services Office (IPSO).  She has been an administrator in Higher Education since 1980, working in Student Affairs Administration, Living/Learning Programs and International Services.  She was the founding director of IPSO at the then, Medical College of Georgia, in 2000.  She has lived and studied abroad throughout her life and had the pleasure of teaching a children’s Mandarin Chinese class at the Augusta Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association for 6 years where she remains an active member.

Beverly Tarver


Beverly Tarver, MPA
Senior Coordinator of International Services

Beverly is the Senior Coordinator of International Services. She began her career in higher education administration in 1989 at the University of Georgia coming to MCG in 1991.   Mrs. Tarver graduated with a MPA from Augusta State University.  She is a member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors and the Georgia Association of International Educators. Her community service has included directorates on the Augusta State University Foundation, the Augusta Jazz Project, Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the Morris Museum of Art. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.

Jonathan Harwood


Jonathan Harwood
Coordinator of International Services

Jonathan is the Coordinator of International Services. A Navy veteran, he has over 15 years of experience in international operations and management, including three years spent in China.  He is a certified Chinese linguist with degrees from the University of Hawaii and the Defense Language Institute and certificates from Hainan University and the Beijing Institute of Economic Management.  Prior to joining Augusta University, he worked in the international medical evacuation field.  In his free time, Jonathan enjoys traveling and spending time with international friends and family.