Carl S. Pettis, Ph.D. is a FALL 1999 Beta Zeta Chapter initiate. He severed as the Chapter’s Polemarch from 2000 – 2001. Dr. Pettis currently serves as the interim associate provost for Alabama State University. He is also a professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Additionally, he has joined the advisory team for the Beta Zeta Chapter and he is looking forward to continuing the long standing tradition of BZ.

Dr. Pettis was the first graduate of the Alabama Bridge to the Doctorate Program. He received his doctorate degree in mathematics from Auburn University in 2006. He is also a proud alumnus of Alabama State University (ASU). Dr. Pettis was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree (2001 Major – mathematics and minor – computer science) and the Master of Science degree (2003 Mathematics) from ASU.

Additionally, Dr. Pettis is the principal investigator for three National Science Foundation initiatives at ASU, namely the Greater Alabama Black Belt Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GABBR-LSAMP), the South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM) and a Targeted Infusion Project for Big Data Analytics.  He also serves as the director of youth programs for the ASU Division of Continuing Education where he coordinates K-12 educational activities such as the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), the UNITE Program, the Institute for Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology (IMSET), and the Summer Kid’s Youth College Adventure Program (SKYCAP).

Whenever he is asked, what made you choose to return to ASU, Pettis simply responds, “Where else but the place that helped to shape and mold me into the man that I am today would I choose as my professional oasis, a place that will allow me to shape and mold the lives of others”.