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Foundation Staff


​The everyday functions and operations of the Alabama A&M University Foundation are carried out by a capable staff consisting of an Executive Director, a general accountant, scholarship coordinator, and a carefully selected pool of students who assist with general and routine office procedures.  An additional staffer serves as operations manager for the Foundation-owned Normal Hills Student Apartments complex.





Executive Director



Prior to joining the Alabama A&M University family in 2007, Allen P. Vital served as an assistant vice president for resource development and manager of Title III programs at Xavier University of Louisiana. 


A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Vital amassed an impressive career in institutional advancement. He served as director of major gifts at Xavier, where VitalOfficial2.jpghe managed a portfolio of 150 prospects and assisted the University in raising in excess of $20 million for its capital campaign.


Vital also served as executive director of the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, as well as director of alumni affairs and director of external resources at that institution. He was manager of the foundation and director of development at Alcorn State University and director of development for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he also served as special assistant to the president. 


In fall 2013, Vital was invited to serve as a mentor/trainer to share successful models and methodologies on effective campus strategy in Azerbaijan.  The visit was affiliated with the Muskie Mentor/Advisor Exchange Program.

The sought-after speaker on issues dealing with institutional advancement, planned giving and grant writing, Vital is a member of the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE), where he served on the District IV Conference Planning Committee. He also has been affiliated with
VitalDesk.jpgthe National Sponsored Program Administrators Alliance, the Center for
Resource Development, Rotary International, and is a past president of a local nonprofit board for Maple Shade Youth and Family Services. 


Vital holds a Master of Education degree in counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southern University, and he received certification as a legal assistant in paralegal studies from Louisiana State University.  He is in the final stages of completing doctoral studies in urban higher education at Jackson State University. 


Vital is married and has two daughters. 





Chief Financial Officer



Michael Jones earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.  The certified public accountant, licensed in both Alabama and Louisiana, also pursued additional

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As CFO of the AAMU Foundation, Jones is responsible for the fiscal management and administration of a $55 million operating budget and endowment fund.  His key role entails budget and financial statement preparation, investment portfolio analysis, Board financial reports, donor and grantor reports, as well as the administering of best practices relative to enhancing operations.


Prior to his current affiliation with AAMU, Jones served as comptroller and chief operating officer for Citizens Consulting, Inc., New Orleans, La.; audit manager, Luther Speight & Company, CPAs, LLC, New Orleans, La.; vice president for fiscal and administrative affairs, Barber-Scotia College, Concord, N.C.; and controller/assistant vice president for finance and administration, Texas College, Tyler, Tex.      






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A proud product of Stillman College’s Bachelor of Science program in business administration, Kwanjalin D. Garrett went on to earn the Master of Science degree in health care management from the University of New Orleans. 


As the AAMU Foundation’s Senior Accountant/ Accounts Payable Manager, Garrett is responsible for the oversight and accuracy of the Foundation’s financial records, in addition to the formation of needed reports and financial analyses. 


Prior to her current post, Garret was an accountant for the Ochsner Health System in Harahan, La., where she performed oversight of more than 5,000 assets to include medical equipment and other inventory; managed $1.5 million in leased assets, and analyzed clinic and hospital financial statements in preparation for executive review.



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General Ledger Accountant



Karshella Purifoy is a 2014 Alabama A&M University honors accounting graduate whose collegiate experience was highly punctuated with a number of volunteer experiences.  


As a General Ledger Accountant, Purifoy assists with the receipt of payments and distribution of accounts payable; helps prepare bank reconciliations and required journal entries; performs monthly outstanding check review and weekly maintenance of accounts; prepares annual financial statements; and files and maintains accounts payable records.


Her previous work affiliations include terms with Jackson Hewitt of Madison, Ala.; the U.S. Space and Rocket Center; Alabama A&M University’s Office of Admissions; and the Richard Showers Community Center.



Alabama A&M University
Foundation Office/Normal Hills
P. O. Box 348
Normal, AL 35762-0348
(256) 372-2004 - Main
(256) 372-8470 (Fax)
Allen P. Vital
Executive Director,
(256) 372-4170
Kwanjalin Garrett
(256) 372-2004
"Service Thru Stewardship & Trust"