Sherry L. Turner, Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Success and Support; Institute for Capacity Building
Sherry L. Turner is the director of institutional success and support for UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB). She works with the 37 UNCF-member institutions to help them fulfill their missions and meet their strategic goals. Turner oversees technical assistance; consulting services; and strategies to build capacity in accreditation, fiscal affairs, enrollment management, institutional advancement and institutional effectiveness.
Prior to joining UNCF, Turner was the executive director and CEO of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. While at the AUC Consortium, Turner was the founder and director of the AUC Consortium’s Communiversity, a community-focused, life-long learning institute that connects colleges and communities through educational programs and service. Turner also served as vice president for student affairs at Spelman College, where she was responsible for creating and supporting an effective learning environment.
Turner earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology/anthropology/sociology from Rhodes College in Memphis. She earned her master’s degree in developmental psychology from North Carolina State University and her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Darryl Ann Watkins
Darryl Ann Watkins is a relationship manager at the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building. She supports the Walmart Foundation and Kresge Initiative through program management, conference/event management and budget management. She also has managed the development of the institute’s Fiscal and Strategic Technical Assistance Program (FASTAP) and the UNCF-Bloomberg initiative.
Watkins has extensive experience in process improvement, administrative functions, human resources and problem management. Prior to joining ICB, she was the coordinator of customer service at Broward General Medical Center, where she worked to ensure that all patients received excellent quality of care. As a human resource associate for the medical center, she substantially improved the employee performance appraisal process.
She earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, and a bachelor’s degree in business management degree from the University of Phoenix. She also received a medical assistant specialist certificate while serving in the U.S. Air Force.