In Brief

Act 1

I am a native of Harlem, New York raised during the crack era of New York City.  My father was an elementary school dropout who sold drugs and committed a number of robberies in Harlem.  My mother was a high school graduate who became one of my father's good customers.  I didn't see my father much during my youth as he spent a large amount of time in jail.  My mother "raised" me on public assistance in between her drug use.  Around 8 or 9 years old, i was removed from her and placed in foster care.  I spent the remainder of my independence being bounced between group homes, homes of family members, and roaming the streets.  I became an emancipated minor at 16 due to my independent nature.

Act 2

I was fortunate enough to be found and helped to attend college in Florida.  For me the change was a huge adjustment, finally having stable meals and a home.  My excitement was short-lived as I learned I did not have the scholarship advertised, was responsible for student loans, and the HBCU experience was not close to the show A Different World, which was my only exposure to college beforehand.  However, I went on to have a good amount of success in college.  I participated in student government, student radio, fraternity life, volunteer organizations, and worked for the university in various roles related to technology.

Act 3

Following my negative experience in college, I decided to work towards becoming a college president so I could help create a better experience for those following me.  I continued to law school due to the large number of legal issues facing HBCUs at that time.  Law school was a positive experience and helped create a great foundation for my doctoral studies that followed.  As part of my doctoral experience I served as an administration for a HBCU where I was able to see, in action, the ailments facing these institutions and the genesis of them.  Having earned my doctorate, I am now dedicated towards creating a positive and successful environment and experience for students, especially black males.

So the story continues....

Please feel free to contact me for an updated curriculum vitae.

Barbara L. Jackson Scholars

Barbara L. Jackson Scholars


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education Administration
    College of Education, University of Florida, 2017
  • Juris Doctor, Intellectual Property
    State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honors Spanish; Minor in International Translation
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2001


  • Education Pioneers Fellowship (Intern for Operations)
    Newark Legacy Charter School, Newark, New Jersey, 2015
  • Education Pioneers Fellowship (Special Assistant to the General Counsel)
    Victory Education Partners, New York, New York, 2014 - 2015
  • Specialist in Student Rights and Responsibilities, Office of Student Affairs
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Orlando, Florida, 2008 - 2010
  • Graduate Assistant, Office of the Provost
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2007 - 2008
  • Alumni Fellow and Doctoral Candidate
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2006 - 2008; 2012 - 2016
  • Staff Attorney for Agency for Healthcare Administration
    State of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida, 2005 - 2006
  • Intranet Webmaster for Business Services
    State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York, 2002 - 2005
  • Assistant University Webmaster
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1999 - 2002

Volunteer Activities

  • Pledge 5 Foundation
    Gainesville, Florida, 2012 - 2013
  • YMCA
    Orlando, Florida, 2009 - 2010
  • Walker/Ford Community Center
    Tallahassee, Florida, 1998 - 2001

Research, presentations, & publications

  • Heatley, Neverson. (2012). A Look at the Conduct Participation Rates of Black Males at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (institutional report). Southern Illinois University.
  • Heatley, Neverson. (2016). Analyzing Minority Enrollment at American Bar Association Accredited Law Schools Between 2004 - 2012 Using Feedback Loops (pending revisions). University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • Heatley, Neverson. (2009). Bar and Academic Performance of Graduates from 2005 - 2008 (institutional report). Florida A&M University.
  • Heatley, Neverson. (2007). Gratz, Grutter, and the Future of Higher Education (keynote presentation). Florida Education Fund McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Summer Meeting.
  • Heatley, Neverson. (1999). Hip-Hop in Translation: An examination of the “hidden messages” in rap music (presentation). Southern Regional Honors Programs Conference.
  • Heatley, Neverson. (2001). My Collegiate Life through Poetry (presentation). National Association of African-American Honors Programs Conference.
  • Wood R. Craig, Deziree Elliot, Carlee Poston Escue, and Neverson-Anyjah Heatley. (2008). North Carolina School Boards Association v. Moore: A Decision Without a Solution. ELA Notes.

Articles & interviews

  • Axtman, Peter. (Dec. 3, 2014). Why People Already Support a Team That’s Never Played a Game. Hudson River Blue.
  • Dantica, Kimberly. (Feb. 27, 2009). College of Law Offers Knowledge, Insight and Networking Strategies on Minority Day. The FAMUAN.
  • Heatley, (Neverson) Anyjah. (Feb 14, 2002). Lewis’ Indecisiveness Sours Presidential Search for Some. The FAMUAN.
  • Unattributed. (2001). Fraternity Aims to Bring Diversity to Campus: Sigma Lambda Beta Colony First of its Kind at a Historically Black College, University. The FAMUAN.
  • Heatley, (Neverson) Anyjah. (1997). Thank You For Opportunity To Go To College. The FAMUAN.
  • Unattributed. (Jan. 18, 2008). Tom Dana Selected New Associate Dean, College of Education. University of Florida News.
  • Unattributed. (Aug. 30, 2012). Grape Stompin’ 2012. Gainesville Sun.
  • Zborek, Ashley. (Jan. 30, 2012). Students face the impact of drinking. Daily Egyptian.

Honors & Awards

  • Barbara L. Jackson Scholar
  • Florida A&M Presidential Honors Scholar
  • Honors-in-the-Major Award Recipient
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellow
  • University of Florida Alumni Fellow


  • Alpha Phi Alpha International Fraternity, Inc.
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • Hispanic American Law Students Association
  • Jessup Moot Court
  • National Black Law Students Association
  • National Latino Law Students Association
  • Sabor Latino Latin Dance Group
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (Chapter Founder)
  • The Third Rail (NYCFC Supporter’s Group)
  • UB Law Moot Court Team

For those who are so generous with me. . . 

Many thanks to and for my children, Neverson and Najm.

Many thanks to:  Dr. Thomasenia Adams, Dr. Laurence Alexander, Ericka Bennett, Janet Broiles, Dr. Willie Bryant, Dr. Dale Campbell, Geraldine Charles, Dr. Eugene Fechter, Roland Gaines, Charisse Hudson-Vassell, Ishante Hunter, Dr. Joe Jackson, Rosaleen Lambey, Ariel Leget, Dr. Ivy Mitchell, Clarence Heatley, Sr., Yinka Raheem, Dr. Carl Sandeen, Marricka Scott, Christine Smith, Conrad Webley, Lillie Wiley-Upshaw

And thank you to the many other people placed in my life to help me through the rough times.