About VP Truss
Brencleveton "Donta" Truss
B. “Donta” Truss’ career reflects his dedication toward strengthening institutions and improving the pathway to higher education for many, especially low income and first generation students. As an experienced administrator and educator for the past 22 years, he has served in a variety of capacities including student success, student affairs, institutional research, planning and effectiveness, accreditation, academic affairs, student retention, admissions and recruitment, advising, grant writing, program development, and leadership.
Truss last served as a member of the Executive Management Team as Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Student Affairs and Student Success at Shippensburg University. Under his leadership, first time undergraduate enrollment increased by 11.5%, graduate enrollment increased by 2%, and retention increased by 4.5%.
Prior to joining the leadership team at Shippensburg University, which is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of the largest public university systems in the United States, he served in senior leadership roles in the University System of Georgia (USG) for almost eight years. In his most recent capacity there, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Retention at Albany State University. Under his leadership, he led the institution to an unprecedented 66% increase in first-time, first-year student enrollment.
He formerly served as the Vice Provost for Student Success and Enrollment Management and Chief Student Affairs Officer, at Fort Valley State University. Prior to that assignment, Truss was the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Alabama State University and at Andrew College, where he directed several TRiO program. Throughout his career in higher education, he has authored and secured over $10 million dollars in Federal, state and local grant funds to support student achievement.
Truss is a triple graduate of Alabama State University. His doctorate is in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law. He was selected to serve as a national leader for the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity (LEAD) Curriculum Workgroup, where he was on the team that developed an Executive Leadership program for future Senior Level Enrollment Management Leaders. He is also a trained accreditation evaluator for both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE).
He has received several commendations for his work, including being recognized by his alma mater as a 2019 Top 50 Under 50 award recipient, Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 leader in 2004 and by the Cuthbert Georgia Rotary President’s Award. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and holds professional memberships in NASPA, SAIR, and the Chi Sigma Iota. While remaining deeply invested in administrative responsibilities, he continues to mentor through his nonprofit organization, Turning Dreams into Reality (TDI), aimed at developing African American Male collegiate scholars through mentorship and financial assistance so they reach their full potential and to become the best they can be.