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Foundation Staff

Executive Director

Allen P. Vital, Ph.D.

Prior to joining the Alabama A&M University family in 2007, Dr. 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 Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Vital amassed an impressive career in institutional advancement. He served as director of major gifts at Xavier, where he managed a portfolio of 150 prospects and assisted the University in raising in excess of $20 million for its capital campaign.

Dr. 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.

Vital earned the Ph.D. degree in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

Vital is a 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 the 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 Ph.D. degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University; the 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.

Vital is married and has two daughters.


Kim Carter-Brown, JD,
Legal Counsel

General Ledger Accountant

Karshella Purifoy

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.