School of Business Faculty

College of Business Faculty

Welcome to the Albany State University School of Business! Learn more about the amazing faculty that are creating the globally diverse leaders of the future.

Dr. Devi Akella
Chair, School of Business
College of Business, Education, & Professional Studies

Dr. AkellaDr. Devi Akella is the Chair and a professor of management at the School of Business, Albany State University, GA where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She completed her PhD in Organizational Behavior and MBA from the University of Leeds, UK. She is also a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Dr. Akella is a proficient researcher in the area of critical management studies and has published numerous journal papers, books, and presented papers at national and international conferences.

Dr. Akella likes watching television, reading fiction, oil-painting, and spending time with her family and pets at home. She is an avid supporter of animal and human rights.

Dr. Sherryl Johnson, Professor of Healthcare Management Sherryl Johnson

Dr. Sherryl W. Johnson is a Professor at Albany State University in the School of Business-where she teaches undergraduate courses in the Management: Healthcare Administration Program and graduate courses in the Master of Business Administration Program: Healthcare Management Concentration. 

In addition to employment at Albany State University, Dr. Johnson has worked in other governmental, education and healthcare settings – such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Morris Brown College, and Health South.  She is a graduate of Emory University (MPH) and Clark-Atlanta University (MSW, Ph.D). Dr. Johnson’s publications span a variety of health promotion topics.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading inspirational books.

Professor Aaron Johnson,

Assistant Professor of Management

Aron Johnson

Professor Aaron Johnson is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Albany State University (and Darton State College before consolidation) since 2007. He is also a doctoral candidate at Columbus State University for Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education Administration Track.

In addition to his academic experience, he has seven years of professional experience in banking and finance where he has worked at the Office of Comptroller of Currency, AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell) and Edward Jones. Professor Johnson is a servant leader, who has been twice appointed as a Faculty Fellow at Albany State University (2018 and 2021). He has served in various leadership capacities within committees of the School of Business and Faculty Senate.

As an active member of the community, Professor Johnson serves with distinction in various capacities within the community.  Currently, he serves as the Vice-Chair of Albany/Dougherty Planning Commission and Treasurer of the Albany Criterion Club.

Dr. Kathaleena Monds,

Professor of Management Information Systems & Entrepreneurship

Kathaleena Monds

Dr. Kathaleena Monds is a professor of Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship at Albany State University. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Belize descendant, and first-generation college graduate, Kathaleena holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology (with a concentration in End-User Computing) from Wayne State University, a M.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators from University of Delaware, a M.S. in Computer Science from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Spelman College.

Her research interests include design thinking, Black homeschooling, and mentoring students in STEM. She home-birthed, homeschooled four children K-12, has completed two Marathons, sailed the Nile, hiked the Andes, skied the Alps, and tangoed in Argentina.

While Dr. Monds is uncomfortable flying, she has traveled to 6 of 7 Continents, except Antarctica, including - Egypt; Switzerland; Italy; France; Spain; Taiwan; Hong Kong; China; Singapore; Malaysia; Belize; Guatemala; Mexico; Bahamas, Canada; Brazil; Chile; Argentina; Australia - and her first airplane ride did not take place until after she graduated from Spelman College.

Before entering higher education as a professor in 1994, she worked from 1981 to 1994 for Unisys Corporation (formerly Burroughs Corporation) in Information Systems.

Dr. Amaechi Nwaokoro,

Professor of Economics

Amaechi Nwaokoro

Dr. Amaechi Nwaokoro is a professor of economics at Albany State University. His areas of scholarly expertise are Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Economic Development. He teaches Principles of Microeconomics,Economics and Business Statistics, and Money and Banking where he emphasizes applications to bonds and stocks. He attends professional conferences and research especially on poverty alleviation.

Dr. Edwin Nyamwala, Assistant Professor of Marketing Edwin Nyamwala

Dr. Edwin Nyamwala is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Albany State University with a wealth of experience in higher education. With a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree specializing in Marketing and International Business from Northcentral university, Edwin brings a deep understanding of marketing principles and practices to his teaching. 

Throughout his career, Edwin has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in education. Prior to his current role, he spent seven years as a dedicated Faculty member of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. There, he fostered a student-centered, experiential learning approach in his marketing courses, preparing students for success in the ever-evolving field of marketing. Edwin's expertise extends beyond classroom. he has actively engaged with local, regional, national, and international business, nonprofit, government, and community representatives to create applied service-learning projects and study opportunities for his students. 

Edwin's commitment to professional growth is evident through his pursuit of a Professional Certificate in Google Data Analytics from Coursera. This reflects his dedication to staying current with industry trends and technological advancements. Also, a member of American Marketers Association (AMA), Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA), a member of the Sigma Beta Delta, an international business honors society.

Dr. Abiodun Ojemakinde,

Professor of Economics

Abiodun OjemakindeDr. Abiodun Ojemakinde is a Professor of Business Administration at Albany State University. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Abiodun Ojemakinde has served Albany State University in major administrative capacities, including, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs (2014-2016), Vice President for Academic Affairs (2007-2012), College of Business Dean (2000-2007), and Business Administration Department Chair (1998-2000).

He is an author and co-author of many refereed journal articles in Economics, and he holds memberships in professional associations in Economics. His research interest is in applied economics.

He successfully completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. As a Nissan-HBCU Fellow, he completed a postdoctoral training in Business Finance at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, and his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Ife, Nigeria.

Dr. Edgars Patani,

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Edgars Patani

Dr. Edgar Patani an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Albany State University since August 2023, has been involved with higher education for over twenty years. Prior to joining Albany University, he was employed with Talladega College from 2018 to 2023 holding various academic positions, including the Dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning and Professional development. As the Dean he supervised all academic and administrative functions of all programs within this Division. This includes the Division’s flagship programs, Fast Track and Second Chance Pell.

He also served as the Acting Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 2021 to 2022. In this role he was responsible for assisting the Provost/Executive Vice President/Vice President for Academic Affairs in overseeing academic policy and procedures, establishing standards for the quality of the academic programs, and maintaining educational excellence. This included responsibility in assisting with recruiting, hiring, retention, and evaluation of performance of faculty and academic administrators in regards to teaching, promotion and the tenure process among other assigned duties.

He also served as Chair and Assistant professor of Accounting and Finance for Talladega College. In this role, he was responsible for advising and providing academic and career guidance to students in the Division of Business Administration.

Dr. Corrine Sweet,

Associate Professor of Management

Corrine SweetDr. Corrine Sweet, has been teaching at Albany State University since 2004.  She has degrees in information systems (B.S.B.A.), business administration (M.B.A.), instructional technology (Ed.S.), and adult and career education (Ed.D.). She teaches business classes including Communicating in the Business Environment and Introduction to Business. 

Additionally, she is an Anchor (university college) faculty fellow and prefers to teach lower-level classes where she gets to interact with freshman and sophomore students in both the on-campus and online setting. 

Dr Sweet and her husband have two rescue pups, Roxy and Radar, who are excessively spoiled.  Dr. Sweet also enjoys traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with family. She has a quirky sense of humor and loves to talk about Marvel movies and where to find the best Texas-style brisket.

Dr. Nadeepa Wickramage,

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain & Logistics Management


Nadeepa WickramageDr. Nadeepa Wickramage is an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain and Logistics Management at Albany State University, where he teaches quantitative analysis and supply chain management courses, including Management Science, Project Management, Warehouse Management, and Logistics Information Systems.

Dr. Wickramage earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, SC and BSc. Engineering (Hons) from University of Moratuwa. His research interests mainly focus on effective teaching methods and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. More specifically, using transparency in teaching for effective teaching, using artificial-intelligence assisted teaching, time-based operations in facilities, warehouse routing and design, intermodal transportation networks, and humanitarian logistics.In addition, he is also interested in process optimization. He utilizes analytical models using techniques such as mixed integer programming, simulation, queuing theory and applied probability.

Dr. Victor Williams,

Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

Victor WilliamsDr. Victor Williams is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Albany State University in the School of Business. Dr. Williams has worked or taught in the field of Information Systems for over forty years. He has worked as a Deputy CIO, IT Department Director, Computer Programmer, Network Administrator, and Senior Project Manager.

Dr. Williams held the position of Dean of the School of Business for over two years at AIU. In addition, he held the position of Chair for the Department of Business for over six years at Argosy University.

Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. He has a Master of Science in Human Resources Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Golden Gate University. He also has 18 graduate hours in Health Care Administration and 18 hours in accounting.