Staff Members


Dr. Russ Wigginton is Vice President for the Office of External Programs at Rhodes College. In this role,  Dr. Wigginton oversees college grants, foundations and government relations, career services, fellowships and continuing education. Previously he was a professor in the History department at Rhodes from 1996-2004, specializing in African-American and community history.

Dr. Wigginton earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Rhodes College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2006 Dr. Wigginton published a book entitled, “The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African-Americans and Sports” with Greenwood Press. He has also published articles and essays on African-American social history.

Dr. Wigginton’s civic involvement includes Big Brothers Big Sisters, Memphis Zoological Society, KIPP Academy and Memphis Prep Program. He currently serves on the board for Ballet Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum. He was formerly on the board of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, Memphis Literacy Council, St. Georges′ Day Schools and Buckman Boys and Girls Club.


Dr. Suzanne Bonefas is  Director of Special Projects in the Office of External Programs.  She works with community partners on projects that are mutually beneficial to Rhodes and to the broader Memphis community.  She also assists faculty and staff in the cultivation of ideas into proposals and by identifying potential funding sources. In these roles she manages grants, foundations and government relations.

Dr. Bonefas also oversees programs that are very beneficial to the college and the community alike.  These programs include the Rhodes Learning Corridor, Crossroads to Freedom and the Teagle Community Based learning Assessment Coalition.  Crossroads to Freedom is a digital archive of materials that documents the Civil Rights era in Memphis, Tennessee. The purpose of the archive is to promote and support conversations in our community about the impact of this historical era on our city today.

Prior to coming to Rhodes, Dr. Bonefas worked for the Associated Colleges of the South, and led a number of digital library, resource sharing, and faculty collaboration initiatives.  She has an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Texas.  In her spare time she enjoys being with  friends and family, reading, and her three canine family members.  Dr. Bonefas is very active with the Midtown community and Memphis as a whole.  She is very passionate in assisting Memphis Literacy and the Memphis Library.


Angela Fletcher serves as Administrative Assistant II in the Office of External Programs.  Angela works directly with Dr. Wigginton, on the campus and in the community.  In addition, she is a member and trainer for NCBI and a member of Rhodes′ GLBT Safe Zone.

Prior to Rhodes, Angela was the Director and Court Advocate for House of Grace, a domestic violence shelter in North Mississippi.  Angela is married and the mother of two very active teenagers.  Her daughter is the 2007 World Champion in dance, Miss Teen North Mississippi, and a student at Rhodes, Class of 2014.  Her son is a competitive soccer player in both outdoor and indoor soccer, plays paintball, and is active in Krav Maga.   

During college, Angela studied Criminal Law with a focus on serial murderers.  She is still very interested in law enforcement and the criminal mind.  Angela is a member of Mid-South Search and Rescue Dog Association and the Shelby County Sheriff′s Office K-9 Team.  She is also certified in Disaster Management with FEMA.  In her spare time she enjoys working with her K-9 partner, swimming, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels.


Dorothy Cox  is the community Learning Corridor Liaison with Rhodes College in External Programs.  Dorothy also holds the position of manager of the Rhodes Hollywood Springdale Partnership office at 2375 Shasta, where she works hand in hand with the members of the community.  As manager of the RHSP office, Dorothy has transformed the office into a  neighborhood center where the residents are encouraged to visit, attend neighborhood meetings, and enjoy activities sponsored by Rhodes College. 

She has been an ambassador for the RHSP, both on campus and off, and where she has worked to connect residents to students, community stakeholders and outside partners.  Dorothy is aso the liaison between the college and our adopted schools.

In addition to her employment with Rhodes College, Dorothy is Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Healthy Start Consortium Chair, Shelby County Board of Commissioner Core City Task Forces Subcommittee facilitator and moderator and a member of the Healthy Memphis Common Table Neighborhood Advocacy Committee.  She is a co-founder of Community Mentoring Outreach Services.