Chantell Cooley

Since 1989, Chantell Cooley has been at the forefront of online education, leveraging her knack for interpersonal communication and positive attitude to encourage adult learners to fulfill their goals through higher education. Cooley’s transition into the role of senior vice president in 2005 poised her with the opportunity to capitalize on these innate leadership abilities, driving both CSU and the industry forward into continued growth.

During her tenure with CSU, Cooley has led initiatives throughout many departments with tenacity and fervor, fueled by the work ethic and Christian ideals of her father, Dr. Robert Mayes Sr., CSU founder. One of Cooley’s most commendable capstone achievements include driving the CSU brand forward through the implementation of its innovative customer service model, an integral part of the university’s value system that remains in effect today. Cooley also enacted the successful Learning Partner program, where she served as director from 2004 – 2010. She used this platform to successfully build lasting relationships with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, associations, and local, county and state agencies that provide their employees with educational opportunities.

Akin to her successful career in higher education, Cooley has also led a parallel mentorship and scholarship program for young women who seek to improve their lives through higher education. She has spoken at numerous Christian and faith-based conferences, women’s leadership groups and military bases on the topics of leadership, professional development and personal growth through faith. Chantell is a published author, serves on the board of trustees for Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University, and is an active member of Liberty Church in Foley, Alabama.