Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - John Farrar
John is the Head of the Science Department at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Associate Professor of Chemistry. He supervises a faculty of ten full-time (1 physicist, 1 other chemist, and 8 biologists) and eight part-time in the Science Department. They are in the second year of $600,000 NSF S-STEM grant, and were recently authorized to offer a B.S. in biology. John has been the department head for two years, and is participating in the ELI program because of the leadership and management challenges he says that he has faced over the last two years. John says he hopes that ELI will help him to deal with the upcoming challenges in his department. John sees himself as a future dean or VPAA. He really enjoys teaching and interacting with students in the classroom, but has found that he also enjoys the relationships with faculty as department head. John also enjoys casting the vision for the department. John enjoys reading, particularly on his Kindle; singing; playing and watching sports; gardening and yard work; and family trips. He is active at church serving in the deacon leadership, chairing several committees including missions, and serving as president of the choir. He has been on three recent mission trips to Jauja, Peru, and will be leading a group to Jauja in March 2012.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - Bobbie Robinson
Bobbie is currently Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and has a great time at it, despite the usual stresses that go with the territory. She says she bounced around a good bit in her early career while her husband completed his career in the Army. Along the way they lived pretty much all over the country, as well as Puerto Rico and Germany. Bobbie says they also picked up three children, her PhD from Baylor, and a series of cats. Before moving into administration about 10 years ago, she taught English. Jane Austen is still her favorite comfort reading. In addition to her regular duties of faculty and curriculum oversight, as well as problem solver on call, a good bit of her time goes toward managing the new Rural Studies baccalaureate program they began 3 years ago. Last spring they graduated their first class of 8 students; they now have 55 in the program. She says it is one of the more exciting adventures she has participated in during her career. In her spare time she enjoys gardening. Her 3 children are all college students now, and say they are a rather expensive hobby. Her favorite trash reading is espionage thrillers and Patricia Cornwell. Bobbie is anxious to get to know everyone and to learn about the areas that help make institutions run.
Albany State University - Deborah Elaine Bembry
From Albany Georgia. She is one of six children and the single mother of two, Ashley a senior at Georgia Tech and Fredric a senior at Westover High School in Albany. On September 1 of this year, Deborah began her 22nd year at Albany State University where she presently serves as professor of educational leadership and interim chair of the Department of Counseling & Educational Leadership. Deborah is participating in ELI to get ideas on how to be better at the leadership position she holds. If a deanship or position becomes available at Albany State or other institution/ agency, Deborah says she will seriously consider it, but am not presently seeking another position.
Albany State University - Bonisha D. Porter
Bonisha is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, serves as the Director of Housing and Residence Life for Albany State University in Albany, GA, where she manages the administration and operation of 2,182 beds and an $8.2M budget. She supervises recruits and trains a diverse professional and paraprofessional staff of 100 employees, which includes maintenance and other facilities support. Mrs. Porter has a total of 9 years of experience in Housing and Residence Life, with service ranging from a Resident Assistant to her current role of Director. Under her five year Directorship the ASU Housing program has experienced increased resident occupancy by over 30%, an enhanced and targeted programming model, implementation of three Living Learning Communities, diversification of ASU’s housing portfolio, strengthened fiscal management, and an increase of beds from 778 to 2182. Mrs. Porter was directly involved in the design and construction of the most recent $24M, 626 bed project. Additionally, she has served as a supervisor and mentor, encouraging 100% of her professional team to either obtain or actively pursue graduate or post-graduate degrees. Mrs. Porter is highly engaged with students and actively involved in numerous committees. She commits her time to assist in any way that she can to keep the University thriving and students striving toward realized potential. Mrs. Porter is also a certified customer service instructor and trains ASU employees on the latest customer service techniques. Before joining the University, Mrs. Porter was Marketing Director for General Growth Properties, Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In this capacity, she reported to the Vice President of Marketing and the Shopping Center General Manager. She was responsible for tenant management; leasing; budget development and management; advertising; alternative revenue and sponsorship development; tenant sales analysis; supervision of shopping center customer service team; and public relations. Mrs. Porter successfully developed and implemented marketing plans, inclusive of property overview, SWOT analysis and competitor analysis. As the Marketing Director, her efforts led to explosive growth resulting in a respective 28% and 665% sponsorship sales increase and a 75% website traffic increase within her first two years. She also served as a major contributor in the planning and completion of a $6M renovation. Bonisha D. Porter graduated from Pontiac Northern High School and furthered her education receiving her B.A. in English (pre-law concentration) with a Minor in Mass Communications from Central State University (OH), where she graduated Cum Laude. Mrs. Porter received her Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Albany State University. Mrs. Porter is happily married to Mr. Clifford Porter, Jr., JD. She believes that the way to grow any organization is to invest in people and contributes any success she has experienced to this practice and belief.
Armstrong Atlantic State University - Bill Kelso
Bill is from Armstrong Atlantic State University and currently serves as Asst. VP for Student Affairs. He wears several hats, including housing, new student orientation, student judicial, and serves on various task forces and committees focused on strategic planning and enrollment management/RPG.
Billl hopes demonstrate a sense of openness to learning and discussing the concepts and principles we all will be exposed to during ELI. His approach to this opportunity is to be a “sponge” and take a good hard look at himself in terms of potential and what his leadership future could look like in higher education. Thus, a genuine openness to the content, process, and participants is what he hopes to offer. Living on the coast, he and his wife love to spend lots of time on the water with their daughters. He is also a fledgling military historian in his spare time focused on the WWII generation.
Atlanta Metropolitan College - Bonita E. Flournoy
Currently, Bonita serves as the Dean for the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Health Professions at Atlanta Metropolitan College, where she is a Professor of Science Education/Chemistry. Her career extends over 25 years as a science educator, where she has prepared individuals to be effective teachers of science, conducted biochemical, and science education research, and secured public and private funding to support educational programs and research. Past employers include, Georgia Perimeter College, (formally known as Dekalb Community College), Clark Atlanta University, University of Georgia, and Columbus State University, where she served as an Associate Professor, and in several administrative roles. Bonita says participating in the Executive Leadership Institute is a professional development experience for her, as her career expands and leads her to new opportunities in administration. Bonita says she believes the experiences will give her added value in her professional, social, and leadership endeavors.
Atlanta Metropolitian College - Cynthia Evers
Vice President for Student Affairs. Atlanta Metropolitian College
Augusta State University - Peter Basciano
Peter currently serves as the Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augusta State University. Prior to July 1 of this year his role at ASU was as an Associate Professor of Finance in the Hull College of Business where he also served as the Director of the MBA program. Last year he also served as the Chair of our Faculty Policies Committee (Senate). Peter joined ASU in 1999 after completing his Ph.D. in Finance at Kent State University.
Peter’s current service roles at ASU include serving as the Chief Transfer Officer and chairing Graduate Council and Comprehensive Program Review. He also serves on the Academic Vice President’s Council, Program Advisory Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Banner Oversight Committee, Fort Gordon Liaison Group, General Education Assessment Committee, Honorary Designations Committee, Quality Enhancement Project Committee, Enrollment Projection Group, Information Security Advisory Committee, Online Education Council, Registration Management and Planning Committee, and the Student Technology Fee Committee. Peter also serves as ASU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Campus Liaison to the University System of Georgia and on the MCG Health Inc. Finance Committee.
Some of Peter’s former roles at ASU include having served as the CFP® Financial Planning Education Program Director and on the ASU Strategic Planning Committee, Hull College Strategic Planning Committee, Hull College Executive Committee, President’s Advisory Committee, University Council, Employee Benefits Committee and Institutional Fees Committee.
Peter’s professional affiliations include the Financial Management Association, Southern Finance Association, Southwestern Finance Association, and Academy of Financial Services. He is a past member of the Mid-West Finance Association, Decisions Science Institute and American Marketing Association. Peter has been published in various academic and professional journals and have presented at several national and regional conferences. He was the recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year award in the Hull College of Business and has twice been nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Award (ASU).
Peter’s consulting experiences include corporate financial training, capital budgeting and risk management. Prior to joining ASU, he was employed in banking, insurance and risk management. Peter is originally from Niles, Ohio and married with one child.
Augusta State University - Wes Zamzow
Has been named director of Major Gifts in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Augusta State University, effective May 1, 2011. In July 2008, he was named director of Alumni Relations and then named director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving in July 2009. He was initiated into the Augusta State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in 2007 and received the Young Alumnus Award from the ASU Alumni Association in 2008. He is a graduate of Leadership Augusta (Class of 2010). Prior to joining the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 2005 as coordinator of alumni relations, Mr. Zamzow worked in ASU’s Literacy Center and the admissions office. Mr. Zamzow earned his bachelor’s degree in finance (2002) and master’s degree in educational leadership (2005) from Augusta State University. Boards or Current Committees currently serving on: The Art Factory (Board Member) Metro Adult Literacy Council (Member) Wes says he enjoys the outdoors - gardening and working in the yard. What he is looking forward to with the ELI program is learning more about himself - his strengths - his weaknesses - to become a more effective and efficient contributor to his alma mater and higher education.
Bainbridge College - Michael Kirkland
In his ninth year with the University System of Georgia, Dr. Michael Kirkland currently chairs the divisions of Arts and Sciences and Learning Support at Bainbridge College. Beginning as a part-time instructor of history in 2002, he joined the full-time corps of instruction in 2003 and has since been promoted twice and tenured. His current position involves chairing two of the institution’s four academic divisions, which includes oversight of the entire transfer faculty. In addition to serving in academic administration, Dr. Kirkland spent a year as interim Vice President of Student Affairs (2007-2008). He has been called upon to take part or lead many critical initiatives. He has chaired two of the last four vice presidential searches. He also served on the presidential search and screen committee in 2010. In addition to having served as an elected member of the faculty council in 2007, Dr. Kirkland has chaired the college’s study abroad initiative (2003-2006) and the Grievance Committee. Asked to serve as interim chair of the divisions of Arts and Sciences and Learning Support during a reaccreditation year, he was part of the core team which guided the institution through the decennial reiteration of the reaccreditation process. Finally, he was successful in proposing to reinstitute a dormant Honors Program. After being inactive for several years, the Honors Program will become active once again in fall 2012.
Bainbridge College - David Pollock
David has been at Bainbridge College for about three years and is the Director of Online Learning and the Center for Teaching Excellence. He says being in a leadership role requires a different set of skills than his more familiar role supporting others. Davis hopes this ELI experience will bring out those qualities and skills. He has worked in media or education for most of his career, and his current position combines many of his interests and abilities in satisfying ways. But to be honest he says, he really does not know what he wants to be when he grows up; he says he supposes he will take-on the challenges presented and see what happens!
Clayton State University - Nasser Momayezi
PhD. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and MDP Certificate from the University Development Program at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He also served as senior fellow at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University, Dr. Momayezi held the positions of department chair, associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995-2008 at Texas A&M International University. He has served as vice-president and president of the Texas Association of the Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1993, he received a Master Teacher Award in teaching excellence presented by the University of Texas at Austin and in 2003, he was honored as a Texas A&M University System Regents Professor. His primary research and teaching contributions are in International Relations, Middle Eastern Politics, American Constitutional Law, and Texas Politics, in which he has approximately 40 publications
Clayton State University - Reda Rowell
Reda grew up in East Tennessee near Kingsport and moved to Georgia in 1981 shortly after marrying her husband Kelly. Her first 15 years in Georgia were spent working in a CPA firm, and on getting her BBA in Management from Clayton State. For the last 15 years, she has been at Clayton State. Reda came there as the budget director in continuing education and became the development director in 2001. She says she very much enjoys fundraising and her community involvement. She also received her master’s in liberal studies from Clayton State in 2009, and is much vested in the University. Reda says she is in the program because it is always her desire to do her best and to continuously learn, and this program offers one more opportunity to learn more about the institution and the system, and to make a more meaningful contribution to our mutual success.
Columbus State University - Abraham George
Abraham serves as the Chief Information Officer at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia. Responsible for leading the strategic initiatives in the development of technology and information management at Columbus State. He says his initial understanding and class experience about ELI exceeded his expectations and is eager to learn and share his professional experience with his CMG colleagues and others. Abraham says he is looking forward to learn from colleagues, instructors, case studies and thus professionally prepared to advance in his career or to take additional responsibilities and challenges. Abraham intends to advance to a Vice president for University Operations and Technology Services or higher. His hobbies are camping, traveling, help/and work with non-profit organizations such as Scout and Churches.
Columbus State University - Linda Hadley
Dean of the D. Abbott Turner College of Business in 2003. Her leadership and commitment resulted in the College earning accreditation by AACSB International – Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business. Starting her career at CSU in 1992 as an assistant professor, she has been recognized for her contributions in teaching, administration and service. Dr. Hadley has been awarded the D. Abbott Turner College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Service Award. In 2005, she was awarded Columbus State University’s T.Y Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award. As Dean, Dr. Hadley holds the Bill Heard Endowed Chair in Business. Her teaching fields include financial institutions, investments and microeconomics. Linda is an active member of the Columbus community. She is serves on the boards of the Columbus Rotary Club, Pastoral Institute, Brookstone School, Community Foundation of West Georgia and Columbus Bank and Trust. Dr. Hadley serves on the Pre-Accreditation Committee of AACSB International, and is Immediate Past President of the Southern Business Administrators’ Association – a professional association of business deans of colleges and universities throughout the southeastern United States. She is a graduate of Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA), an M.B.A. from Columbus State University, and a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Auburn University.
Dalton State College - Pat Kresl
Pat is the Registrar at Dalton State College. She has worked there for 11 since relocating to Georgia from Illinois in 2000. Pat says she really enjoys her work and thinks the ELI program is an excellent opportunity for both professional and personal growth and development.
Dalton State college - Andrew Meyer
Andy Meyer is currently the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Dalton State college. He has been here 13 years, but says ‘am not from these parts’ as they say after hearing him speak. He is originally from the midwest, with a degree from the University of Iowa in Physiology and Biophysics.
Andrew came to Dalton State to teach biology, but became very interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning after being part of the Governor Teaching Fellow program. This spurred his interest in distance education as well as helping an institution achieve success in this changing environment. After being Department Chair for Natural Science, he says he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to move into this office - he has only been in this position since January but says it has been quite an experience already! He hopes that the ELI experience helps him to be more effective in this role.
In Andrew’s spare time, he likes to garden, play with his dogs, and ride his bicycle. Home improvement projects are also common around the house, but they can be a learning experience as well he says!
Darton College - Frank Malinowski
Frank is the interim Dean of Science & Mathematics at Darton College in Albany, GA. He is originally from South Jersey but has lived in Georgia for 17 years. Frank says he is a product of the USG having graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. He started in the system teaching Computer Science and still teaches at least one Computer Science course per semester. Prior to teaching, Frank worked as a software developer for a small company that developed software solutions for large companies such as Bell South and Lucent technologies. He had the opportunity to teach a course as an adjunct faculty member while working as a software developer and says he immediately fell in love with it. In his role at Darton College, Frank is in his third year as the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year college students. This summer he was selected as the regional coordinator for the Georgia Region of Phi Theta Kappa. Frank says he hopes to gain a wealth of knowledge from the different sessions, fellow scholars, his mentor, and the job shadowing. The thing Frank says he finds most exciting about this program is the reason for it; to grow leaders from within our system. He really enjoys working in the USG system and hope to apply what he learns for many years going forward. When Frank is not at work, he gets to spend time with his wife Lisa and their baby girl Katelyn. They are big fans of Disney World and will be celebrating Katelyn’s first birthday there with about 20 of their family and friends.
East Georgia College - Cliff Gay
Cliff serves as Vice-President for Business and Finance at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Georgia and has been in this position for a little over a year. His responsibilities include budgeting, business office functions, human resources, and auxiliary services. Cliff is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and was formerly employed by the Georgia Department of Audits in the Education Division.
Cliff says he especially looks forward to the opportunities that mentoring and job shadowing will provide given his relatively short tenure with the University System of Georgia. He enjoys working within the USG and hopes that his participation in this program will allow growth and the opportunity to better serve various stakeholders.
Free time is spent working on the farm with his wife, attending athletic events with their 13 year old son and visiting their two married daughters.
Fort Valley State University - Denise W. Eady
Special Assistant to the President for Compliance (National Science Foundation (NSF) Compliance Officer/Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer/ and Title IX Coordinator) at Fort Valley State University. Mrs. Eady has spent 20 plus years working in the public sector affording her a broad background of regulatory compliance experience from social service investigator, child support enforcement, IRS customer service/collections agent and DOD budget/fiscal agent. She earned her Master of Human Relations (MHR) in December 2005 from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice in August 1998 from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. She was awarded the Commanders Award for Exceptional Civilian service while employed with U.S. Army NATO in Mons, Belgium. Mrs. Eady began her career at FVSU in June 2007, with the Office of Sponsored Programs as the Post-Awards Coordinator. She has been the NSF Compliance Officer since May 2010 and the EEO/AA & Title IX responsibilities were vested to her in 2011.
Fort Valley State University - Jimmy McCamey
Interim Chair, Behavioral Science Department
Gainesville State College - Teresa Carroll
Teresa’s current position is Director of Academic Advising at Gainesville State College. She says she is a transplanted Yankee, being originally from New Jersey and graduating from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Teresa received her Master’s Degree from Mercer, and has have worked in USG institutions both big and small – Darton College as an adjunct professor and Director of Admissions, Georgia State University as Director of the Student Advisement Center, and now GSC. Teresa has managed people for many years and says, hopefully, she will be able to share and shed new light on her experiences through the ELI program. In her former life, Teresa was a freelance writer and once had an article about the edible properties of kudzu published in the AJC and newspaper section editor.
Gainesville State College - Mary Lou Bryant Frank, Ph.D
Mary Lou Bryant Frank, Ph.D has received degrees in Speech Communication, Counseling, and Psychology from Colorado State University, with a doctoral internship at the University of Delaware. A licensed psychologist, she has received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling. She has been the recipient of grants, national leadership awards, teaching and diversity leadership awards, and awards for community service. She has been named in lists of Who’s Who and has been a consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on first year programs, learning communities, student success, and women in higher education, ethics, leadership, and faculty development. Dr. Frank has been published in journals and textbooks. At Arizona State University, she coordinated the Eating Disorders treatment program and team, co-coordinated the master’s and doctoral practicum training programs, and taught in the graduate program in counseling. She was associate professor and assistant academic dean at the University of Virginia at Wise. Dr. Frank next served as professor and department head of Psychology & Sociology at North Georgia College & State University. Prior to going to Gainesville State, she served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the University College at Kennesaw State University. She served as the CEO of a Career Academy project of the University of Georgia and Athens Technical College before coming to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Middle Georgia College. Dr. Frank most recently has been the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education. She serves on many boards in addition to being active in numerous professional and community associations.
Gainesville State College - Chaudron Gille
Chaudron began her teaching career at Gainesville State College 17 years ago as an assistant professor of French and now serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Along the way she has coordinated minor languages, helped start an ESL program, coordinated study abroad, started a hybrid and distance education program, and served as the Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Other than her undergrad years at UNC and a few years spent in France, she has lived in GA most of her life. Chaudron’s time outside of work is spent primarily trying to keep up with her three kids, ages 9-15. She also does volunteer work with a variety of youth programs.
Georgia College - Susan Collins Allen
Susan Collins Allen: Chief Budget Officer & Director of Payroll Services for Georgia College. Susan says she is fortunate that her current position allows for a very comprehensive understanding of the internal and external operations of the college, as well as active participation in a myriad of institutional committees and professional organizations. Susan has over twenty-four years of professional experience in higher education, with twenty-one years in the business and finance arena - all at Georgia College - and three years in the recruiting and enrollment management area. Her education includes an undergraduate and graduate degree in Business Administration from Georgia College. Susan is excited and honored to be representing Georgia College in the ELI program, and hopes to gain a deeper understanding of herself and find ways where she can hone and share her leadership competencies, in addition to expanding relationships within the system. Susan has been married twenty-nine years and has one grown son. As time allows, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and oil and acrylic painting.
Georgia College - Carol Bader
Although born in Texas, Carol calls Louisiana her home state. Besides these states, she has lived in OK, AR, IN, TX, and now Georgia. Carol’s first degree was from La Tech (when Terry Bradshaw was there); her second from Purdue (where she learned she couldn’t take much cold); her third and fourth from LSU (go tigers).
Currently she is the assistant dean of education at Georgia College. Prior to that she was 15 years at Middle Tennessee State University where she was director of the Developmental Study Program. Carol taught 9 years at LSU as the Developmental Reading Coordinator. She was 3 years at Exxon where she was a consultant in reading and math. Carol’s first full-time job was in Ascension Parish where she taught grades 5-9. Carol is married to Larry Bader who teaches 2nd grade this year. They have one son who just finished his dissertation on Sept 8 in Biomedical Engineering. They have had pugs since 1968 and now rescue them. Carol also collects grasshoppers.
Georgia Gwinette College - Mihael Furick
Assistant Dean, School of Business, Georgia Gwinette College
Georgia Gwinnet College - Laura Ledford
Laura is the Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Georgia Gwinnet College. The areas that are covered by Enrollment Management are financial aid, registrar, admissions, minority outreach, one-stop shop, testing, and banner functional support. She has been at GGC for 5 years and 3 years in this position. The fall enrollment is around 7700 up from 5700 from fall 2010. She is working through this program to become a better leader and to learn more about herself. Self reflection and obtaining feedback from others will be key to this program she says. One of the things Laura truly enjoys about her job is working with people and looks forward to making new connections within the other colleges. Laura enjoys reading and loves the fall because she loves football. She also enjoys working in her yard when she has the time.
Georgia Health Sciences University - Laura L. Mulloy, DO, FACP, FASN
Laura L. Mulloy, DO, FACP, FASN: Vice-Chair, Clinical Affairs & Faculty Development, of the Department of Medicine and the Section Chief of Nephrology, Hypertension & Transplant Medicine and Vice-Chair of the University Faculty Senate at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU). Laura currently serves as Vice-Chair of the University Faculty Senate for her University. She is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an osteopathic internship at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Medical Center. She received her internal medicine training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and the Yale-University affiliated Waterbury Hospital Health Center, in Waterbury Connecticut. Following a fellowship in Nephrology, she joined the GHSU faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1990. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 2001. Her current activities in terms of administration, education, research, clinical service and community engagement.
Georgia Health Sciences University - James J. Rush
Director of Risk Management and Associate General Counsel for Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center. He had served in an interim capacity since January 2009. Mr. Rush joined GHS Medical Center in 2006 as Interim Compliance and Privacy Officer. Prior to that, he spent four years as the Director of Patient Care Regulation for the Connecticut Hospital Association in Wallingford, Conn., two years as an Associate with Monstream and May, LLP, in Glastonbury, Conn., and a year as an Associate with Ronald S. Johnson and Associates in Hartford, Conn. Mr. Rush earned a Juris Doctorate degree and Health Law and Policy Certificate at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Arts in History at Fordham University in New York City. He is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management and American Health Lawyers Association.
Georgia Highlands College - Jonathan Hershey
Dean of Humanities, Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College - Robert Whitaker
Vice President for Finance & Administration at Georgia Highlands College. He has been with GHC for almost 4 years now. Before coming to GHC, Robert spent 8 years at Southern Polytechnic State University in various roles in budget and business services. He also spent 2 years working at the BOR office as the assistant budget director. Robert had an additional 4 years with state government before joining the USG. He is originally from Kentucky and calls himself an “educational brat” instead of an Army brat. Robert followed his father around as he held various professor/administrator jobs at different institutions. Robert was born in Tallahassee FL, when he taught at FSU. He moved to Kentucky when he took the Dean’s job at Morehead State University which is where he graduated high school and eventually got his BBA - Accounting from MSU. After graduating from MSU, Robert followed his father to Georgia Southern University where he got his MBA. He then moved to Atlanta and has been here since. Robert’s hobbies include golf, tennis and travel. He spends a lot more time with family. He and his wife have 9 month old twins and two daughters 16 and 3. Robert says he looks forward to the educational experience that has been laid out in the ELI materials such as communications, political savyness, and learning more about himself. He says he really looks forward to the job shadowing experience. His career goals are to stay within the USG and hopefully move up to a four year university before he retires.
Georgia Institute of Technology - James “Jim” Fortner
Director of Grants and Contracts Accounting at Georgia Institute of Technology where he is responsible for the financial management of sponsored projects from the point of award through closeout and for establishing Facilities & Administrative and Fringe Benefits Cost rates for the academic units of the Institute. Jim has 20 years of experience in university finance and accounting administration, including 15 years of experience in grants management administration. A metro-Atlanta native and life-long resident, Jim has been with Georgia Tech since 1997 and previously worked at Emory University. Jim holds Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and an MBA degree from Kennesaw State University.
Georgia Institute of Technology - Usha Nair-Reichert
Ph.D. in Economics from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1995. She joined the faculty at the School of Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995, where she is now Associate Professor and Interim Chair. She has also served as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the School of Economics. She is a research affiliate with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a faculty associate with the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Program at Georgia Tech. She is a member of the Scientific Committee and Board of the European Economics and Finance Society. Dr. Nair-Reichert has research interests are in the areas of international economics and global business, innovation and technology transfer, intellectual property rights, sustainable economic development, applied micro economics and economic policy analysis. Prior to her graduate work at Purdue, she worked in the banking sector in the areas of foreign exchange control and regulation, and computerization of banking operations
Georgia Perimeter College - Pamela Wirsiy
Mother (of “6”), Wife, Daughter, Friend, Certified Fitness Trainer, Zumba Instructor, Professor of Biology, Faculty Development Professional. Pamela says she LOVES what she does at work, and at play. She looks forward to learning how to enjoy both facets more thoroughly (and in an organized manner Pamela brings an optimistic, upbeat attitude and is not shy to share with everyone. She has been at GA Perimeter College for 13 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Pamela is also over the libraries, tutoring centers and our QEP)
Georgia Southern University - Amy Ballagh
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Her areas of responsibility include budget management, grant management, assessment, and strategic planning. Dr. Ballagh earned a B.S.B. and an M.S. in biology and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University. She came to Georgia Southern in 2006 from Ogeechee Technical College where she served as the Director of Institutional Research & Evaluation and a faculty member. She currently serves as a national trainer for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and is an active member of the Association for Institutional Research. She is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and is a Certified Grants Specialist.
Georgia Southern University - Melissa Garno
BSN Program Director at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. She has been with the nursing faculty for over 20 years in various schools, and moved into administration about 2 years ago. Melissa has been at GSU for 13 years and is a transplant from the Midwest - Kansas City, MO. Melissa says she is very excited to be part of this program as she has goals to move into a Dean’s position or similar role in overseeing programs and curriculum. Her off time is spent with her husband playing golf or cheering at sporting events - football is her favorite of the 4 seasons. Melissa looks forward to getting to know everybody!
Georgia Southwestern State University - Angela Bryant
Financial Aid Director at Georgia Southwestern State University. She is the Facility Coordinator and serves on numerous committees including the Orientation, Financial Aid Appeals, Adult Learning Consortium, Banner Steering, Scholarship, Student Affairs Directors’, I.T. Task Force and the President’s Graduation & Retention. Angela has worked in Financial Aid in some capacity for over 20 years. She is a resourceful and effective trainer with a creative management style and demonstrated skill in technical and managerial problem solving. She is active in the Georgia, Regional, Southern and National Association of Financial Aid Administrators. Angela has earned a BS in Computer Science from Tennessee State University, a MPA from the University of West Georgia, and is currently working on her PHD in Public Administration and Leadership at Walden State University. As a past Youth Director of Antioch Lakewood Mission she still finds time to serve as mentor to young ladies transitioning into college.
Georgia State University - Yi Pan
Yi Pan is the chair and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University. Dr. Pan received his B.Eng. and Men. degrees in computer engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 1991. He is also a guest professor of many universities including Tsinghua University and Beijing University. Dr. Pan’s research interests include parallel and distributed computing, optical networks, wireless networks, and bioinformatics. Dr. Pan has published more than 100 journal papers with 40 papers published in various IEEE journals. In addition, he has published over 100 papers in refereed conferences (including IPDPS, ICPP, ICDCS, INFOCOM, and GLOBECOM). He has also co-authored/co-edited 34 books (including proceedings) and contributed several book chapters. His pioneer work on computing using reconfigurable optical buses has inspired extensive subsequent work by many researchers, and his research results have been cited by more than 100 researchers worldwide in books, theses, and journal and conference papers. He is a co-inventor of three U.S. patents (pending) and 5 provisional patents, and has received many awards from agencies such as NSF, AFOSR, JSPS, IISF and Mellon Foundation. His recent research has been supported by NSF, NIH, NSFC, AFOSR, AFRL, JSPS, IISF and the states of Georgia and Ohio. He has served as a reviewer/panelist for many research foundations/agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Australian Research Council, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Dr. Pan has served as an editor-in-chief or editorial board member for 15 journals including 5 IEEE Transactions and a guest editor for 10 special issues for 9 journals including 2 IEEE Transactions. He has organized several international conferences and workshops and has also served as a program committee member for several major international conferences such as INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, IPDPS, and ICPP.
Georgia State University - David Smith, Jr.
David Smith, Jr., has served as the Assistant Director of the Office of African American Student Services and Programs, Division of Student Affairs since 2008. He is an Administrator-Scholar focused on African American student retention, progression, and graduation; diversity in higher education; global higher education and professional associations; and higher education administration and governance.
He has earned six college degrees including a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Georgia State University. He is the author of 6 books including Georgia State University: An Institutional History, 1913-2002; African Wisdom: 365 Days A Year; The First Ten African American Presidents [Republic of Liberia], 1848-1904; The African American Presidents: The Carter Presidential Center Exhibit; Ancestors: An American Journey; and The Pyramid of Excellence for Goal Achievement.
Dr. Smith is the Advisor for 7 student organizations or affiliates including the Model African Union Delegation at Georgia State University; the African American Male Initiative; the Student Veterans Association at GSU; OAASS&P’s Veterans Keepers; the National Association of Black Law Students - College Student Division at GSU; the University Speakers Association (Toastmasters) at GSU; and A Vineyard of Praise (Campus Gospel Chorale). The Model African Union Delegation was recently recognized at the National Conference as the most outstanding delegation in the nation.
He has lived, worked, and traveled around the world including Africa, Asia (where he met his lovely wife of 33 years), the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. He pursued primary, secondary, and higher education in Asia, Europe, and North America including starting primary school on the Island of Okinawa, Japan and teaching college in Germany.
Gordon College - Edward Whitelock
Grew up in Upland, Pennsylvania, a working-class suburb of Philadelphia, and is a first generation college graduate. Edward said he knew from practically the moment he arrived at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, watching his professors in class that “I want to do that.” He went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. in English from MU and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Edward came to Gordon College in Barnesville, GA, as an assistant professor in 1998 and had earned promotion to full professor by 2007. During that time, he served as Chair of the QEP Committee for SACS Re-Accreditation Review: He wrote the Quality Enhancement Plan for our re-accreditation application and oversaw the development and implementations of the academic literacy programs contained therein. In fall 2010, Edward took on the role of Interim Chair of the Division of Humanities and was named Chair for the division beginning in fall 2011.
Edward enjoys applying his training as a literary scholar to the study of popular music. He is a coauthor, with David Janssen, of Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music (2009, Soft Skull Press), which examines the influence of apocalyptic expectations and anxieties upon the development of rock and roll. Edward says he usually has a music-related article or two brewing for publication or presentation, and that provides him with justification for spending too much money on his cd collection.
Kennesaw State University - Leigh Funk
Leigh is the SACS Liaison and an Associate Professor of Special Education and Technology at Kennesaw State University. She moved to Kennesaw Georgia 15 years ago from the University of Delaware, but originally, she is from North Carolina. Leigh says she is not sure if she can contribute nearly as much to this program as she is getting out of it, but hopes to support others in the program to reach their individual leadership goals by listening and providing feedback as needed.
Leigh learned about this program last year when a colleague was shadowing the KSU CIO and she began to ask about the program. Leigh says she, like so many other discipline specific faculty members, have been asked to assume leadership positions with little if any leadership training or experience. So she was immediately interested in this opportunity. The other reason Leigh said she wanted to participate in this program was that way back in 2001, she was selected to participate in the USG Governor’s Teaching Fellows program and says it was a fabulous experience.
In terms of career goals, Leigh has not yet decided what she wants to do when she grows up. She has been very fortunate at KSU to have had multiple and varied opportunities to move up in her career in ways that she said could have never predicted. She has been open to new opportunities and that has served her well. Leigh said at KSU they have a saying, “if you are doing the same job for more than three years, you must not be doing it very well”. Most recently, she has spent 3 years working in the area of college accreditation and then the last 2 years working with university level accreditation. While that interests her, immensely, she is also interested in the work of those in academic affairs positions. Leigh hopes during the job shadowing opportunity, she will be able to explore that career path further.
In terms of hobbies, her husband and she were recently approved as foster parents. They also very much enjoy spending time at the coast and have a passion for supporting the rehabilitation of sea turtles. They especially enjoy camping and spending time outdoors with their two English Springer Spaniels ages 12 & 7, as well as their newly adopted kitten of just 3 months.
Kennesaw State University - Keisha Hoerrner
Department Chair for First-Year Programs at Kennesaw State University. She joined KSU’s faculty in 2000 and have been an administrator since 2004. She has been a Department Chair since 2007. Dr. Hoerrner teaches both KSU 1111, a first-year seminar dedicated to global issues, and KSU 1200, a leadership-focused first-year seminar, within learning communities. As Chair, she supervises the nationally recognized first-year seminar program and the learning communities program for first-year students. Her department was honored by the Board of Regents in 2009 with its Excellence in Teaching – Program Award. In addition to her work with incoming students, Dr. Hoerrner is also dedicated to global political engagement. She is co-faculty advisor for the KSU chapter of the ONE Campaign, a national grassroots advocacy group working to end extreme poverty and hunger. She served as the 2007 Chair of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia, a statewide coalition of faith-based, human rights and advocacy groups. She has held leadership roles in modern-day abolitionist organizations working to end human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Hoerrner and her husband, Mark, run E-Living, Inc., an organization that supports the economic viability of populations vulnerable to slavery as well as survivors of slavery through the sale of fair-trade and survivor-made goods. Prior to assuming administrative roles in University College in 2004, Dr. Hoerrner taught mass communication courses in KSU’s Communication Department. Her primary courses included media law, contemporary issues in mass media, and introduction to mass communication. She also developed and taught a special topics course exploring children and electronic media. She published many journal articles and book chapters related to mass media issues. Dr. Hoerrner holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in communication from Kennesaw State College. She was a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University before moving home to KSU in 2000. She says she is excited about ELI because she wants to gain a greater perspective and enhance her ability to effectively lead others. She says she has really enjoyed recent sessions and is already implementing steps within her 14-day plan. Dr.Hoerrner says she has no time for hobbies; she works entirely too much, and spends time with her husband and their two sons when she is not working. She hopes to gain some work/life balance through her participation in ELI.
Kennesaw State University - Rajaram Veliyath
Faculty Executive Assistant to the Provost, Office of Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University.
Kennesaw State University - Kim West
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at Kennesaw State University. Her career as a collegiate administrator spans a twenty-six year period at three USG institutions. Kim has served in various administrative roles – AVP, Dean and Assistant Dean for Enrollment Services, Director of Admissions, and Registrar. Kim says she is excited about the ELI experience and hopes to learn the essential leadership competencies to effectively lead others and drive results at the highest level. She has enjoyed getting know her cross mentoring group and is looking forward to an on-going dialogue about becoming effective leaders over the next eight months. Kim says it is indeed a privilege to be part of this program. She also enjoys spending time with my family, fishing, and playing tennis.
Macon State College - Michael Stewart
Assistant Dean of Students and Chief Student Conduct Officer at Macon State College.
Michael hopes that he will be able to contribute a genuine level of support to his colleagues in ELI and receive the same in return. He is excited about the opportunity to participate in ELI in order to broaden his leadership experience and education in the hopes of passing that same experience along to the students with whom he works. Michael is currently investigating options to return to school in 2012 and work on a Ph.D with the goal of remaining in higher education, perhaps one day as a vice-president or even president. In his spare time, he enjoys movies, participating in and supporting local theatre, spending time with his pets (2 dogs and a cat) and his family and friends. He also collects comic books and has a collection that makes moving quite a challenge.
Macon State College - Ron Williams
Dean of Arts & Sciences at Macon State College. Before joining Macon State he served as Dean or Science, Engineering and Technology at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He was Head of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Studies at Armstrong Atlantic State University from 1998 to 2003. He was a member of the Chemistry Department at Clemson University from 1988 through 1998 where he served one year as Interim Head of Chemistry. He started his academic career at the Chemistry Department of Ohio University.
Middle Georgia College - Dave Brockway
Though originally from Wisconsin, he resided in Oklahoma 18 years before recently moving to Georgia. Dave serves as the Director of the Georgia Aviation Campus of Middle Georgia College. He has been in higher education since 2003 and has a Ph.D. in Geography. His wife is Vietnamese and they have two children attending universities in OK. Other info: He is a pilot; speaks Russian, German, and Chinese; and has spent 12 years in military service.
North Georgia College & State University - Jeff Boggan
Jeff has served as director of development and director of the foundation at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega. For nearly 25 years, Jeff has been an advance professional in both private and public institutions. He holds a BA in government from Wofford College, and an MA in higher education administration from Appalachian State University. Prior to his education career, Jeff has served as an Infantry officer in the US Army and as an administrator in municipal government. He is very active in his church and community. Jeff currently serves as president-elect of the Georgia Education Advancement Council (GEAC).
North Georgia College & State University - Irene Kokkala
Irene Kokkala, MSc., Ph.D. Founding Director, Center of Teaching & Learning Excellence, and Professor of Biology, North Georgia College & State University. She received her BSc., Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science with emphasis in Aquaculture from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, MSc. in Biology from Western Kentucky University, and Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University. Her area of expertise is developmental biology with focus on the maternal embryonic nutrient transport in viviparous fish and the embryonic developmental of the lateral line in fish. Other areas of work include learning communities integrating writing in science, innovative instructional technology including the use of virtual worlds such as Second Life in education, faculty development, and coordination of NG Online campus. She has 29 years experience in teaching, 22 years experience of teaching technology enhanced courses, and eight years designing and teaching online courses. She presently serves as the instructional design consultant for the Transatlantic Studies program, a collaborative between six University System of Georgia institutions. She has served as a MERLOT reviewer for biology, is serving as a reviewer for the SoTL Commons Conference, and is a member of the executive committees for the Association of Southeastern Biologists and the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium, and is a member of the editorial board for Animal Science Journal (Greece). In 2005 she received the award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and is a 2001 Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.
Savannah State University - Chellu Chetty
Dr. Chellu S. Chetty is the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs and Regents Distinguished Professor of Biology at Savannah State University. Currently, he is also directing two major NIH-funded Biomedical Research and NSF-funded STEM Programs with a budget of $6 million. He received a BS degree in Biology in 1974, MS in Zoology (Molecular Physiology) in 1976 and a Doctorate in Physiology in 1979, from SV University, Tirupati, India. He spent the next nine years at his alma mater as an assistant/associate professor, which included a two-year stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, from 1982 to 1984. Before joining the Savannah State faculty in 1993, he also spent five years as a visiting faculty in a collaborative project between University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS and Selma University, Selma, AL. He has guided 10 Doctoral students and has written or co-authored more than 250 professional research articles for publications. More than 80 of the journal publications include undergraduate and graduate students as co-authors. He has earned numerous accolades and awards for his student engagement practices and accomplishments. He developed a strong mentoring alliance through which faculty can effectively engage the students and received a 2003 United States Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring at a White House Ceremony and 2003 University System of Georgia Regents Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.
Savannah State University - Joseph Setffen
Director of Legal & Governmental Relations, Savannah State University
South Georgia College - Charles Johnson
Charles was born in a small town in upstate New York. After high school, he went to SUNY at Geneseo where he majored in Physics with a Minor in Mathematics. After graduation, Charles went on to Saint Bonaventure to get his Master’s degree in Physics. Then took two years off to work at a t-shirt shop. He said he came to his senses and went back to graduate school at Kent State University, where he received his Ph.D. in Physics. In 1998, Charles got a job at South Georgia College teaching physics and introductory science classes. In 2003, he participated in the Governors Teaching Fellows Program and, in 2005, was selected to replace the chairperson of the Science and Math division. He was on the two teams that develop the eCore physics classes and have been teaching them both. Charles has been recording his classes and posting them on the internet for over 5 years.
South Georgia College - Scott Thigpen
Scott teaches nursing at South Georgia College in Douglas, GA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing and also the Interim Director of the RN-BSN program. Scott has been a member of faculty for 20 years and has national certifications in Critical Care and Emergency nursing. He recently completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Georgia Health Sciences University and has enjoyed the roles of both faculty and student of the past four years. In addition, Scott served 7 years on the Georgia Board of Nursing as the education representative for regulation and health care policy. He also served as the legal/discipline cognizant for over 100,000 registered nurses in Georgia.
Scott says he believes his experience over the past 20 years in the University System of Georgia have provided him with an overview of the roles and challenges of collegiate education in Georgia and nationwide. He is excited to participate in the professional development opportunity offered by the University System of Georgia. He says he views this as an opportunity to self-reflect, learn about himself, his leadership style, and also the attributes of others. He feels his experiences in the health care field will provide him with an opportunity to help others grow from the lessons that he has learned. Scott says his goal is to emerge as an effective leader.
He currently lives on a farm and raise cattle with his parents. Scott’s other passions are music and dramas. He plays in the church orchestra, sings in the choir and serves as Assistant Minister of Music. Scott also serves on the administrative Deacon body. He enjoys learning, having fun, and looks forward to making lifelong friends as he makes a transition through this program.
Southern Polytechnic State University - Mark Nunes
Chair for the Department of English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts at Southern Polytechnic State University. Mark is in his 20th year within the USG: he started off as an instructor teaching off-campus joint enrollment English courses for Georgia Perimeter College (what was then Dekalb College) in 1992 and has been at SPSU since 2006. Mark says he has a strong interdisciplinary background that informs most of what he does in some way or another. He double majored as an undergrad and earned two master’s degrees–one in experimental psych and one in English. He then went on to do his Ph.D. at Emory University’s Institute of the Liberal Arts. While Mark maintains a fairly active research agenda, he greatly enjoys being in the classroom; he says he has discovered an immense pleasure in certain elements of administrative work. In particular, he enjoys strategic planning and new program development.
Southern Polytechnic State University - David Edwin Stone
Director of Educational Support and Online Learning at Southern Polytechnic State University. He has been a full time employee at SPSU since 2001. In his previous roles at SPSU, he has been the Director of the Center for Instructional Technology, and the Director of Instructional Technology Services. He is teaching an online course (Management of Information Systems) in the SPSU Businesses Administration program this semester. He says he feels that he can contribute from his experience working in both the Academic Affairs side of the university as well as the Information Technology area. David is participating in the program as a way to grow his perspective on how universities operate and to learn about what other opportunities to serve exist within institutions. He says he hopes to leave the program with a better understanding of where he needs to develop his skills and gain a better understanding of his leadership style. He is in the final stages of data collection as part of a Ph.D. program in Instructional Technology at Georgia State University, where he also earned a Masters in Instructional Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. His undergraduate degree is in Computer Science from SPSU. David has been active in our STEM outreach programs including Georgia BEST Robotics and Future City. He is a member of the Association of Educational and Communication Technology, as well as the Sloan Consortium. David plays bass guitar in the SPSU Faculty/Staff rock band that plays at open house, campus picnics, and whenever else they are asked. David is the proud father of a new baby girl, Abigail (born July 6th), and lives in Marietta with his wife, Melissa. He recently started working on landscaping his backyard and is learning about gardening. Some other/unusual bit of trivia: David’s grandfather worked at the same college for forty years, first as a technician and eventually as a professor of poultry science at SUNY Farmingdale. He ran the college BBQ and the university community was so struck by the BBQ sauce that they have released a BBQ sauce as part of an alumni fund raising campaign for the college (complete with a picture of him holding a chicken).
University of Georgia - William Campbell
Department Head and Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia. He has been a researcher most of his career, but found that he really enjoys the challenges of trying to run a department in this climate. He says like most department heads, he has had no formal leadership training. William joined ELI to get this training and says he hopes to become more effective in his role. He says he has heard very good things about the program from previous students. In terms of his academic life, William’s research is on the topic of narcissism, including the books When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself; The Narcissism Epidemic (with Jean Twenge); and The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (with Josh Miller). William has a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from San Diego State University, and a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill and did his postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife (who is a professor in the business school at Kennesaw State) and daughters. As for hobbies, he occasionally slips away to go fly fishing or surfing, but not as often as he would like.
University of Georgia - Robin Catmur
Director of International Student, Scholar, and Immigration Services, Office of International Education at the University of Georgia. She has been in the field of international education since 1995. Robin moved from her previous position as Director of Visa Services at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to the University of Georgia in the summer of 2010. In her current position at UGA she manages all permanent residency work for UGA and supervises five colleagues who process immigration sponsorships for over 2,200 international students, scholars, faculty and staff at UGA. Robin is also the Regulatory Ombudsperson for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Southeast region. In this latter role Robin is the liaison to the Department of Homeland Security for colleagues around the country who may need assistance and troubleshooting with pending scholar and employment-based immigration cases. She also serves as a trainer for NASA and routinely presents workshops pertaining to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa sponsorships. Raised in India, Canada, and several places in between, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s degree in Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College.
University of West Georgia - Michael Hester
Associate Dean, Honors College, UWG. Was born and raised in Warner Robins, GA. He has lived all of his life in the Peach State. His institutional education has been exclusively public, with a Political Science BS from West Georgia College in 1993, Rhetoric MA from UGA in 1995, and PhD in Communications from Ga State in 2005. Michael is starting his 17th year at West Georgia, the first seven was in the Mass Communications Department and the last nine were in the Honors College. In addition to being Associate Dean, he is also the Director of UWG Debate. His highlights as debate coach include leading UWG to consecutive national championships in 2000 and 2001, runner-up in 1999, and 3rd place finishes in 2002 and 2009. Between dean duties, coaching an intercollegiate debate program, and teaching five classes, Michael says he doesn’t have much free time. When he does have leisure time, he fills it with live music, attending Atlanta sporting events (Falcons, Hawks, Braves), playing outside with his dogs, and spending time with his fiancée.
University of West Georgia - Kathy Kral
Chief Information Officer at the University of West Georgia. Kathy has been in IT at UWG since she and her husband moved from MI to GA in 1991. Kathy says her background in science and technology did not really prepare for the challenges she is currently facing as CIO. Kathy hopes to learn how to interact more effectively with the executive leadership team at her institution, as well as how to prepare the next generation of IT leaders.
University System of Georgia - Michael Miller
Michael is the Program Manager/USG Historic Preservation Officer with the University System Office-BOR. He has been with the USG-BOR for 11 years. Michael is a registered architect and serves as facilities liaison Program Manager representing the USG Office of Real Estate and Facilities (OREF) to member institutions of the USG. Before joining the staff of approximately 20 design/planning professionals at USO-OREF, he held the position of Preservation Architect with the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in Atlanta for 10 years.
Michael earned his BS degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master of Architecture from Mississippi State University. He served on numerous committees with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Institute of Architects.
Michael has been married to his wife, Larah, for 22 years, and they have 4 children (Hannah, Matthew, Rachel & Chloe). As a family, they love to camp, hike, run, and worship at our church. He personally enjoys history, travel, and working on his historic house in Newnan.
In regards to ELI, Michael looks forward to learning new things about himself and his leadership potential. He looks forward to gaining new leadership ideas from the Leaders Lyceum as well as how to apply these principals to grow as a whole person (spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically).
Valdosta State University - Stanley Jones
Stanley is the Registrar at Valdosta State University. Stanley has been with VSU, first as a student and later as an employee beginning in 1993. He is originally from Thomasville, GA (Go Bulldogs!). and graduated from VSU in 1997 with a BA in History and again in 2006 with a Master of Public Administration. After the retirement of their Registrar in 2008, Stanley was asked to be interim and in 2009 was selected as Registrar. Having been a student worker in the Registrar’s Office (and holding nearly every other position in the office), he says it was quite a full circle moment for him. Stanley says he has been his privilege to serve the members of the VSU community and he hopes to continue in higher education, focused on at-risk students or working with diversity issues. Stanley truly enjoys seeing a student overcome obstacles, shake his hand at commencement and say thank you for all your help. Stanley hopes to gain the necessary skills and confidence to serve his students, faculty, and staff at the highest level possible. Stanley enjoys simply relaxing with friends and family, cooking, the beach, HGTV, TV comedies, and window shopping.
Valdosta State University - Mark Smith
Mark is the Professor of English and Department Head at Valdosta State University. He has been at VSU since 1993 and department head since 2004. They are a large and diverse department, with approximately 43 full-time faculty members teaching in the core and in four undergraduate tracks of study: literature and language, journalism, creative writing, and professional writing. They also offer an M.A. in English.
Mark earned his Ph.D. in 1992 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His field of specialty was/is rhetoric and composition. His research interests have included writing pedagogy and visual rhetorics.
Mark has been married to his wife, Renee, for 26 years, and they have two children, Trevor and Brittany. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, home repair and improvement projects, and volunteer work.
Mark is pleased to be part of the Executive Leadership Institute and, after being a department head for six years, hopes to gain some honest and fresh insight on his strengths and weaknesses as a leader. At present, his career plans are to simply become better in his current position.
Waycross College - Mark Latham
Chief Business Officer, Waycross College; formerly Senior Auditor, Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.