Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Alton comes from the small town, quiet, town of Monticello Georgia. Having strong familial ties to the work of civil servants, a passion for Public Administration has long been a part of his world-view. Alton brings to the program career and classroom experience in the education field; previously serving as an Math teacher and currently working at the University of Georgia. In both of these roles he served as a mentor and guide for young people and families going through major life transitions; helping them navigate the new communities they would be entering while also maintaining a focus on educational attainment. Alton has a life philosophy that “Education is the greatest tool by which you can impact your life and change the world.”


Earning both degrees from Georgia Southern University, Alton remains highly involved in that community through service on the Alumni Board and visiting campus, when possible. As a student at UGA he now uses experience from both universities to share with students the importance of going to college, especially the great institutions in the state of Georgia.


Alton has an interest in Public Management and the impacts that education systems and attainment have on building and maintaining, strong, healthy communities. Along with this exists an interest in public sector leadership, decision-making, and local government.


When not reading for class or working, Alton enjoys traveling, going to concerts, basketball, and spending time with family in Monticello.


B.S Middle Grades Education

Mathematics and Science emphasis

Georgia Southern University ‘12


M. Ed Higher Education Administration

Georgia Southern University ‘14

Of Note

Georgia Southern University Alumni Board Member


Athens Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Franks, L.A., Standifer, A.M. (2014) #JobSearchProbs. Education Session presented at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop in Clemson, South Carolina.


Standifer, A.M., (2015) Managing Campus Politics. Education session presented at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.


Manuel, E., Standifer, A.M., Woods, P., (2016) Campus Politics Go Beyond Election Year. Education Session presented at the national conference for the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Co-Host for 2017 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop in Statesboro, Georgia.

Research Interests

Interests include leadership and decision making for public managers in local government and educational settings. I have always found education to be an integral part of the quality of life that is experienced by individuals and their communities. Education attainment has wide impacts on areas of economic development, health, and policy processes.