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Zillah M. Fluker, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Institutional Advancement 

Dr. Zillah Fluker, Ph.D. joined Central State University as Vice-President of Institutional Advancement in August of 2020. Dr. Fluker, Ph.D. is a 17-year leader in Corporate America and Higher Education. In 2018, she founded and launched activate|elevate, LLC, a social media and marketing firm. Since 2016 activate|elevate manages a portfolio of institutions of higher education, small businesses, municipalities, non-profits and private individuals’ social media and marketing strategies across the United States. The competitive advantage that activate|elevate has is a research and data collection methodology that develops case studies from client activity and benchmarked data that is regularly presented and reported out at professional and academic conferences. Dr. Fluker, Ph.D. also founded the Why Not Win Institute, a targeted non-profit for leadership development and serves as its inaugural executive director. 

Dr. Zillah Fluker, Ph.D. holds four degrees from Purdue University and Alabama State University; a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law and Bachelor of Arts in History from Alabama Sate and a master’s in business administration and Master of Arts from Purdue University. Her primary areas of research are Social Media, Diversity and Organizational and Leadership Development.

Most recently, she served nearly a decade as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Alabama State University (ASU) and Miles College in Alabama. During her time at ASU, she was responsible for bringing in the University’s two largest individual planned gifts and the largest individual cash donation in the history of the University. She also led the ASU 2025 Strategic Plan and was appointed as chair of the Inauguration of the 14th President and the University’s Sesquicentennial.

Prior to beginning her career in higher education, Dr. Zillah Fluker, Ph.D. was in corporate America for 13 years. She held global positions of increasing responsibility in Diversity, Marketing, University Relations, Executive Search and Human Resources with Motorola, Inc., United Technologies Corporation (Carrier Corp.) and Honeywell International.

Dr. Fluker, Ph.D. has been recognized as being a member of Hartford Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 and was elected president of both the Hartford, CT Young Professionals and the Montgomery, AL Young Professionals. She has served on the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Hartford Boys and Girls Club, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Kershaw YMCA Boards of Directors. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 24 years. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa and raised in London, England and Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Fluker is married to her college sweetheart, Kwame and they have two sons Coleman (10) and Anderson (8). | 860.463.4348 | @zillahfluker

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