Center for Leadership Excellence

Encouraging and supporting leadership development throughout the University System

2009-2010 Scholars

Teresa Winterhalter - Armstrong Atlantic State University
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Teresa Winterhalter, Professor of English, Director of Faculty Development, and Program Coordinator for the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah. During her 15+ years at Armstrong, she has taught thousands of students; developed numerous new courses; established, developed and secured BOR approval to offer a B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies; remained active in her own research; and served the university in several administrative capacities

A native of New York State, Teresa received her bachelors degree from SUNY and her Ph.D. from The University of Rochester. She moved to Savannah in 1994. Her experience in higher education has shown her how crucial it is to have effective, motivated, and progressive people in leadership positions. No doubt that’s a tall order to fill. She is eager to participate in ELI because she thinks it can help her do her part in helping them get there.

Raymond Whiting - Augusta State University
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Raymond Whiting was born on a working dairy farm in Upstate New York. After high school, he attended Syracuse University. He then completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy. Raymond continued at Syracuse first attending its law school and then graduate school. He left Syracuse ready for the world with his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D.

After graduating from law school, he passed the New York Bar and was admitted to the practice of law. With Syracuse behind him and his Ph.D. in hand, he accepted a teaching position at what was then Augusta College (now Augusta State University).

When the opportunity arose for him to participate in the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), he enthusiastically responded. He recognized the Institute’s potential for helping him sustain his leadership growth as well as improve his leadership skills. The ELI has proven to be a program of outstanding quality that has provided him with information that he could put to active use from the first few hours of the experience to the present. Raymond has been impressed with the quality of the program and has already begun recommending it to others. He would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who seeks to develop an ongoing career in the area of higher education leadership.

Susan Williams - Georgia Southern University
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Susan Williams grew up in the beautiful Ozark mountain region of southern Missouri (Springfield). As an adult, she later lived in Oklahoma, California, Florida and (of course) Georgia.

After working in the IT industry for a number of years as a systems analyst, programmer, etc., Susan went back to school to earn a doctorate. In 1994, she accepted a faculty position at Georgia Southern University and fell in love with the institution and the community.

Currently, she serves as Professor of Information Systems and Associate Dean in the College of Business Administration. She is honored to have been selected for this program and hopes to become a better leader as a result of her participation.

Julie Walker - Georgia Public Web

Julie Walker is Deputy State Librarian at the Georgia Public Library Service. She has also served as Assistant State Librarian for Support Services and Strategic Initiatives, and as the first Program Director for PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services), Georgia’s statewide library card program. She served as Associate Director at the Athens Regional Library System in Athens GA for 13 years, and has held professional positions in library systems in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheboro, North Carolina. She is a past president of the Georgia Library Association, and Associate Editor of the Georgia Library Quarterly.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Library Science degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has completed a Management certificate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and holds a Lean Six Sigma green belt.

Margaret Venable - Georgia Perimeter College
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Margaret Venable currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Early Colleges and Academic Initiatives in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Perimeter College.

Margaret came to Georgia Perimeter College eighteen years ago and taught chemistry here for many years before becoming a full-time administrator in 2004. Originally from Kentucky, she has lived in Georgia since she began her undergraduate studies in 1983. Her undergraduate degree is from Agnes Scott College in Chemistry.

Margaret earned a M.S. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology is in Chemistry (Inorganic) and her Ph.D. from GA State Univ. is in Science Education. Her passion is helping students successfully gain a college education.

Green Waggener - Valdosta State University

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Mark Van Den Hende - Waycross College

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Nancy Stroud - Macon State College
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Nancy Stroud is originally from Adairsville which is in NW Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in accounting. Nancy has worked for the State Department of Audits and has also worked for USG for five years and then worked as a consultant for them for another five years. She has been at Macon State for a little over eleven years.

The ELI experience has been great in that she has met people from around the system who are in areas other than accounting/business. Too often, we only meet and get to know those who are like us, but ELI has shown her that they all have things in common with those in the system who think with a different side of their brain! She looks forward to the rest of the classes!

Jeff Stewart - Macon State College

Jeff Stewart is currently working in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, where his responsibilities are to oversee Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning. He holds a B.S in Sport Management from Western Carolina University, a M.A. in Health Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership / Instructional Technology both from the University of Alabama.

Before coming to the Office of the VPAA, he was the director of the Educational Technology Training Center, which is a partnership with the GaDOE with a service area of 23 school districts in Middle Georgia. Previously, he was the Chair of the Division of Information Technology. This is his 8th year at Macon State College. This last year, he was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Khalid Siddiqi - Southern Polytechnic State University
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Dr. Khalid M. Siddiqi is Professor and Chairman of Construction Management Department at the Southern Polytechnic State University since 2001. Dr. Siddiqi was a Doctoral Research Faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was key researcher for the development of Strategic Technology Policy for the US Army’s Global Readiness for the US Army Environmental Policy Institute. Dr. Siddiqi’s professional work experience includes Project Planning & Monitoring Consultant on World Bank funded Projects.

Gina Sheeks - Columbus State University
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Gina Sheeks is currently Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Associate Professor of Communication at Columbus State University. She hold a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations and a M.S. in Organizational Communication from Murray State University, and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia State University.

Prior to joining CSU, she served as an account executive for area Xerox agencies within Georgia and Alabama. She has also served as a part-time faculty member in the field of communication at various colleges and universities.

She is very excited and honored to be a participant in the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership Institute.

Bill Rogers - Georgia Gwinnett College

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Kathy Schwaig - Kennesaw State University
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Kathy Schwaig is originally from Texas and moved to the Southeast twenty years ago. Kathy is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Coles College of Business. Her academic discipline is information systems management where her focus has typically been on IT project management and ethical and societal issues surrounding the development and implementation of information technology. Currently, her career plans involve developing as a leader and looking for opportunities to positively impact her institution.

Elsie Ridley - Fort Valley State University
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After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Savannah State College (University), Elsie Ridley began her professional career in the retail clothing industry and then shifted her interests to the travel and transportation industry. Elsie is presently using her experience, knowledge, education, and skills in fiscal affairs as the Disbursements Director at Fort Valley State University. Elsie earned her MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix.

Her contribution to ELI is sharing reality on observed campus behavior to possibly improve the working environment for all USG campuses. Simultaneously, Elsie is participating to develop and improve her skills and knowledge on leadership respect and peer’s expectations. Elsie anticipates committing her career plans to USG and will have a better perspective on her desires after completing the program.

Han Reichgelt - Southern Polytechnic State University
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Han Reichgelt grew up in Holland, in Nijmegen to be precise. He went to the University of Nijmegen where he received a master’s in philosophy and a bachelor’s in psychology. After this he went to the University of Edinburgh where he got a PhD in Cognitive Science. After a brief stint in Edinburgh as a research fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Han went to the University of Nottingham to join the Department of Psychology. After a few years there, he went to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica to become chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Han left Jamaica and joined Georgia Southern University to help develop a new undergraduate program in Information Technology. He left Georgia Southern about 2 years ago to become dean of the School of Computing and Software Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Han hopes that ELI will help him develop his leadership skills and prepare me for more senior academic administrative positions. If he can contribute anything to the institute, it is the fact that he has a fairly broad international exposure.

Billy Reynolds - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
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Billy Reynolds grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and currently lives in Tifton, Georgia, where he is the interim head of the Department of Literature and Language. His most recent publications include poems in New Orleans Review, Sewanee Theological Review, and Third Coast. He is a past recipient of the Tennessee Williams scholarship in poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the John Ciardi scholarship in poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Bryson Payne - North Georgia College & State University
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Bryson Payne is currently the Chief Information Officer at North Georgia College & State University. Before his current post, he taught computer science and information systems as an assistant professor at both NGCSU and at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Bryson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia State University and have been fortunate to continue teaching one course a year and do a small amount of research during his 3+ years as CIO.

It’s an honor to be a part of the ELI team. Bryson is looking forward to honing his management and interpersonal skills, and to getting to know everyone better.

Al Panu - Gainesville State College

Al Panu currently serves as Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Gainesville State College (GSC) and teaches chemistry courses for non-science majors and organic chemistry courses for majors. He is in his third year of service at GSC. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Kennesaw State University (KSU) for over eighteen years. Al started his academic career at KSU in 1988, following a year of post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. During his tenure at KSU, he also worked as Assistant/Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

After completing his primary and secondary education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he was born, he began his college education in Brussels, Belgium and went on to complete a BS in chemistry from Tuskegee University, followed by a MS in Chemistry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Georgia.

AI has really enjoyed the ELI program thus far and the interaction within his Cross Mentoring Group. He hopes to improve his understanding of true leadership principles, practice skills necessary for improving leadership and developing others, and he hopes to contribute some wisdom to colleagues within our CMG.

Robert Page - Georgia Highlands College
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Rob Page is Professor of History, and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Business at Georgia Highlands College.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. and then M.A. in Communications, he went out into the business world primarily working in the hospitality industry. After a few years in that arena, he decided to return to school. Robert received his Ph.D. in History from Georgia State and in 1997 began teaching at what has been renamed Georgia Highlands College. He has been there every since, and become Division Chair in 2005.

Robert is participating in this program to grow and develop as a leader. He has already enjoyed, and looks forward to the interaction with his fellow ELI Scholars. This program has already proven to be a rich environment for sharing ideas and experiences. He hopes that his unique perspective will be equally beneficial to others.

Mary Nielsen - Dalton State College
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Mary Nielsen is originally from Columbus Ohio. Mary grew up in Tallahassee, Florida where she obtained a B.A. in English from Florida State University, and M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Florida, an Ed.S. in reading from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. with an emphasis in reading also from the University of Florida.

After completing her doctoral degree, she taught at Brevard Community College in Titusville, Florida, for eight years. Mary left Brevard Community College to accept a position as a Board of Regents’ Distinguished Professor at East Georgia College. In December 1999, she accepted a position as associate professor of English and Reading/coordinator of the Writing Lab at Dalton State College. In 2004, she became interim chair of the Division of Humanities and assumed the position of chair on July 1, 2005. Mary became dean of the School of Liberal Arts in January 2008.

From this experience, Mary hopes to gain a better perspective and understanding of her college and the University System as a whole so that she can do her job more effectively.

Shelley Clark Nickel - Board of Regents

Shelley Clark Nickel is a native Pennsylvanian. She has been in Georgia for about 24 years, all in state government. She has spent her early career in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, working for two Governors. Once former Chancellor Steve Portch arrived in GA, she became the USG’s Budget Director, and then his Special Assistant. Since then she has directed the agency that administers the HOPE program and OPB and now have returned to her beloved USG.

David Newton - University of West Georgia
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David Newton is currently a Professor of English at the University of West Georgia. He has been at West Georgia since 1993.

His primary area of specialization is in the field of linguistics where he teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in the Historical Development of the English language and in American English Dialects, among others. He also teaches courses in the areas of Southern literature, Native American literature, and Nineteenth-Century American literature. In addition to other administrative responsibilities over the past 17 years, he has served a six year appointment as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia, a large multi-faceted department.

David received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. He also received a M.Div. in Historical Theology from the Candler School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Literature from Emory University.

David grew up in South Carolina. Over the years he has lived and worked in Haiti, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, and Georgia

David has enjoyed the ELI sessions so far and has learned a lot that is helping him to understand more fully the dimensions that go into academic leadership.

Sandra Neuse - Board of Regents
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Sandra Neuse is excited to be representing the System Office in this inaugural ELI session. She moved constantly during her childhood but Atlanta has been her home for fifteen years and into the foreseeable future. She has worked in the BOR’s Office of Real Estate & Facilities for six years, and is currently Assistant Vice Chancellor for Compliance & Operations.

Sandra obtained a (BA in Biology/Psychology from the University of Virginia and an MBA later in life from Georgia State University) and has a long family history of public service in higher education. She is participating in ELI because she is confident she can make bigger and better decisions and help lead the way to a bright future for public education in Georgia.

She has been lucky to have had an engaging and challenging career thus far, with over 22 total years of professional experience in higher education, environmental consulting, and telecommunications. Her career goal is to never have a job she does not love and to give 100% of her mental and physical energy to everything she does.

Kristine Nagel - Georgia Gwinnett College
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Kristine Nagel earned her Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in Computer Science, M. Ed from University of Miami, FL in Secondary Education Curriculum and Supervision, and B.S. in Mathematics at Georgia State University. She has taught in K-12 and worked in software development for our space program, housing management, and innovations in the classroom. She is currently Associate Vice-President of Educational Technology Development and Evaluation at Georgia Gwinnett College, exploring how de-centralized communication and other innovations affect the student experience in higher education.

Kristine is interested in ELI to develop her ability to work effectively in a wide variety of leadership roles, especially at Georgia Gwinnett College, where they are growing in every way and have set high goals. She will have many opportunities to use leadership skills as GGC expands services and enrollment.

Dr. Angela Morgan - Augusta State University
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Dr. Angela Morgan is currently a Professor of Music and the Chairman of the Music Department at Augusta State University where she serves as professor of violin. She is also the Director of the Greater Augusta Youth Orchestras, Assistant Concertmaster of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Trio Augusta. Dr. Morgan was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Music as Chair of Region 7, and will hold that post until 2011.

Dr. Morgan holds the Master’s and Doctoral degrees in violin performance from Florida State University. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Tennessee.

William Moore - Valdosta State University

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Melanie Mirande - Armstrong Atlantic State University
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Melanie Mirande has worked in the field of higher education for the past twenty-five years. Melanie has been with AASU since 1992 and is currently the Director of Operations for Enrollment Services. Before coming to AASU she worked in a variety of positions including manufacturing quality control in the textile and polyurethane industries, teaching at the University of Rhode Island and working for the UGA Cooperative Extension Service.

Melanie was born in Redwood City, California and spent her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a bachelor degree in Home Economics from California State University at Chico, and a master’s degree in Textile Science from the University of Rhode Island. In 2008 Melanie completed a second masters at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Liberal and Professional Studies, Leadership Track.

Denise Mewborn - University of Georgia
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Denise Mewborn is originally from central Illinois but has lived in Athens since 1991. Where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and master’s degree in mathematics education from Illinois State University and doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Georgia.

Denise is a professor of mathematics education, specializing in elementary mathematics education. Denise is in her fourth year serving as head of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. She has been active in faculty governance at the university level and in academic honesty hearings.

Robert Mattox - Kennesaw State University
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Bob Mattox is Assistant Dean for Student Success Services at Kennesaw State University. He has been at KSU for twenty years and really enjoys the work he does in collaboration with his colleagues.

He grew up in South Carolina and Tennessee. Robert graduated High School in a very rural area of Upper East Tennessee. After High School, he spent three years in the US Army as a soldier in the 101st Airborne. After the Army he graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He then continued his education with a Master’s and Doctorate from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Robert has been in higher education for 30 years as an administrator and professor. He has practiced mental health counseling for 33 years. He wants to continue to grow in the higher education profession as he sees this as an opportunity to provide himself with another skill set.

Laverne Luster - Albany State University
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Laverne Luster was born in Natchez, Mississippi. Laverne received her Bachelor’s of Arts, and Master’s in English Education from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. It was in that small school setting where she acquired her passion for teaching thus began her career in the Natchez Public Schools System. After leaving public education, her career in higher education began at Alcorn State University. After she left Alcorn State University she began teaching at Albany State University where she has been a faculty member for the last twenty-five years.

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “One cannot be an effective leader without leadership skills.” As leaders, leadership skills must be developed, and as a participant of the Executive Leadership Institute, she believes that her skills are being honed to perfection. Her contribution to ELI is to offer a different perspective on ideas and issues as they relate to growth, learning and leadership.

Elaine Manglitz - Clayton State University
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Elaine Manglitz is currently the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Clayton State University. Prior to joining Clayton State in January, 2004, she was the Associate Director of the Learning Disabilities Center at UGA and prior to that taught students with behavior and emotional problems in the public schools here in Georgia. Elaine earned her doctorate in Adult Education at UGA, and a Master’s in Middle Grades Education at Georgia State, and a B.A. in Psychology at West Georgia! Yes, she is native Georgian and a product of our system of education here in the state.

She, like many others, is honored to participate in ELI. She hopes to improve her leadership knowledge and skills, as well as build a network of individuals with whom she can continue to interact and share ideas, problems, solutions, etc. She considers herself a lifelong learner and has really enjoyed the face-to-face meetings so far. Thanks to the system for developing and implementing this program.

Donna Llewellyn - Georgia Institute of Technology
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Donna Llewellyn directs the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Georgia Tech. She arrived at GT 25 (!) years ago as an assistant professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She has directed CETL since 1999.

Donnas’ degrees are in math from Swarthmore College and Operations Research from Stanford University and Cornell University. Her work centers around facilitating effective teaching for learning by her faculty and graduate student instructors, as well as better preparing her doctoral students for academic careers.

She enjoying this program so far - especially her Cross Mentoring Group - it is great to get to know folks from other institutions in the system and to learn from them!

Georj Lewis - Georgia Southern University
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Georj Lewis is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh (Connellsville, PA). His educational experiences include a Bachelors of Accounting and a Master of Arts in Counseling (Student Personnel Services) Degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.

Professionally, Georj has served in various administrative roles in higher education for more than 15 years. Currently serving as the Dean of Students at Georgia Southern University, he strives daily to employ a professional philosophy that is consistent with civility, integrity, teamwork, academic excellence, the celebration of diversity, student service, and student development.

It is an honor to have been selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Institute. He is looking forward to growth and development from this program. He hopes to contribute to the development of others through sharing some of his personal successes and challenges.

Scot Lingrell - University of West Georgia
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Scot Lingrell is currently Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. He has been at West Georgia and in Georgia for about five years. Previous to here he was in Ohio–working at a small two-year technical college called Rhodes State as the Associate Dean of Enrollment Management; and at the University of Toledo as the Associate Director of Admissions. He has also worked at Wayne State University in Detroit; and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio–at both institutions in Academic Advising.

Scot earned his Ph. D. from Ohio University in Higher Education Administration, and has two Master’s Degrees from Bowling Green State University–one in College Student Personnel and one in Guidance and Counseling.

Scot is honored to be chosen to be part of ELI. He has spent a lot of his time reading and learning about leadership and really buys into this whole person model and the competencies that have been developed. He hopes to learn a lot from others as they journey together.

Cathy Ledbetter - Georgia Highlands College
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Cathy Ledbetter has been a practicing artist for over thirty years and an art educator for twenty-seven years. She studied art and art education at Columbus State University and holds the following degrees: Ed.D. in Higher Education, M.Ed. in Art Education, B.S. Ed. in Art Education.

Cathy’s position at Georgia Highlands is Director of the Paulding Site where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this new GHC location. GHC is partnering with Kennesaw State University to offer upper level coursework at Paulding. Cathy is excited to be a part of GHC, the KSU partnership, and a member of the first class of ELI.

Jason Huffman - Georgia College & State University
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Jason Huffman is currently the assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia College & State University. He is in his third year of this position. Jason is originally from Bellbrook, Ohio, a small town southeast of Dayton and north of Cincinnati. He received my Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and has been at GCSU for eight years, after teaching for three years at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

He is very excited and honored to have been selected to participate in ELI. He hopes to contribute by being an active listener, and hopefully a quick learner. He wants to provide support and helpful feedback for the other members of his Cross Mentoring Group, and hopes to graduate from ELI as an improved leader, capable of bringing some more refined leadership skills back to the duties and responsibilities to GCSU.

Angela Harris - Dalton State College
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Dr. Harris is in her 20th year of administration at Dalton State. In her current role as Director of Admission, she oversees the college wide recruitment efforts and the overall operation of admissions. She has served in leadership roles for professional educational associations and is often called upon to make presentations at professional meetings related to college admission.

Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and her master’s of education, in guidance and counseling in higher education. She earned her doctor of education in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.

Christopher Hill - Georgia State University

Christopher Hill grew up in different parts of Ohio, but mainly Columbus. He attended Wake Forest University where he graduated in 1995 with a BA in Business

Christopher moved to Atlanta after graduation. He worked as a Budget Analyst for the Board of Regents 1996-1997, and moved a few blocks north to work in Budget & Planning at Georgia State in January 1998. He has been Budget Director for the past 6 years.

Christopher earned his MBA from Georgia State in 2000. He gets bored easily, so he went back to school again and earned an MA in Political Science (also from Georgia State) in 2008.

Javier Gonzalez - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
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Javier Gonzalez was born in south Texas and raised in Mexico. He grew up as a migrant farm worker and is currently the director of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Javier is participating in the ELI because he believes the administration at ABAC sees his potential and is providing the tools for his success. Javier hopes to benefit from the program by becoming more aware of his leadership style and tendencies and utilizing that knowledge to become a better leader, and looks forward to learning from each of his colleagues in ELI.

April Gentry - Savannah State University

April Gentry is in her seventh academic year at Savannah State University, where she is currently associate professor of English and Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts (a large interdisciplinary department housing programs in English, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, philosophy and religion, humanities, and health education). Her education includes a Ph.D in American Literature from Southern Illinois University and an MA in English and graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University.

She is also glad to be part of ELI and hopes to use what she will learn to be a greater asset to her department and University. April believes she can contribute enthusiasm, support, and a sense of fun to the program, and looks forward to getting to know everyone better as the year progresses.

Lee Frutticher - Gordon College

Lee Frutticher is originally from a rural community just east of Statesboro. From there he went to Georgia Southern where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After graduating from college Lee went to work for the Board of Regents as an internal auditor from 1995 to 1998. After his stint as an internal auditor he moved to Augusta to work with the Department of Audits for two years. That’s when he took a job at Macon State College as a budget analyst in 2000. While at Macon State he was promoted from budget analyst to budget director and finally controller. Lee also earned his MBA from Georgia College during this time. In 2006 he took a position at Gordon College as the Associate VP for Business Affairs. He was promoted to VP of Business Affairs this past September.

Lee hopes that ELI will broaden his perspective and help him understand why others make the decisions they do. This will help him work better with cabinet members and others on campus to meet various objectives and to promote Gordon College’s mission.

Mark Farmer - University of Georgia
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Mark Farmer is currently Professor and Head of the Dept. of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia in Athens where he has been since 1989.

A native of New Jersey he received his bachelors degree from Colgate University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers. After a two year postdoc in Louisiana, he came to UGA as a research scientist. He thought he would be in Athens for just a few years while he tried to find a faculty position but after several years a faculty line opened up at UGA and he began the process of rising to the rank of Professor.

Mark was interested in ELI because he saw his career moving to encompass administration in addition to research and teaching.

Mark Daddona - Clayton State College
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Mark Daddona just started his fifth year as Director of the Center for Academic Success at Clayton State University. Mark is a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) and holds a joint faculty appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology. He currently teaches one class each semester where he enjoys the break from his administrative duties to share his love and enthusiasm of counseling and psychology with his students.

Mark is honored and privileged to be recommended for the Executive Leadership Institute by members of his President’s Cabinet. His is committed to remaining within the University System of Georgia and has worked at four institutions since receiving his Ph.D. in Counseling & Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia (Clayton State, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State University, and University of Georgia). He is interested in advancing to a dean or assistant vice president position in the area of academic support services, enrollment management, or student services. He has enjoyed ELI so far and hopes to contribute as much to his new colleagues as they are to him.

Jeff Davis - North Georgia College and State University
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Jeff Davis serves as the Associate Vice President for Facilities at North Georgia College and State University, in Dahlonega, GA. Jeff grew up in the Dahlonega area, and then attended The University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, TN, earning a BS in Industrial Engineering.

Jeff later attended graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a MS in Management in 1997. Since graduate school, Jeff worked for a number of years in administration as consultant. In May, 2007, he joined the staff of NGCSU, in his current role.

Irvin Clark - Savannah State University
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Irvin Clark is currently serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Savannah State University. His hometown is Quincy, Florida (approx. 20 west of Tallahassee, Florida). His purposes for attending this leadership program are to enhance his leadership abilities; develop stronger connectivity with his colleagues within the system; and learn more about himself and his current leadership style. Irvin’s career plans are to become a college president.

Sheletha Y. Champion - Georgia Perimeter College
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Atlanta native, Sheletha Y. Champion, joined Georgia Perimeter College in July 2004 as Student Accounts Manager at the Dunwoody Campus. Since that time, Sheletha has led GPC’s Internal Audit Department reporting to the Office of the President and the Board of Regents. Ms. Champion also served as the Interim Director of Student Financial Services. During her five and one half years of service to GPC, she has proven to be well-organized, a detail oriented team member with excellent analytical skills, using innovative approaches to systems and improvement. She has been an outstanding colleague and leader for the institution and the University System.

For the nine years prior to joining GPC, she managed various accounting and auditing programs for Hoechst Celanese Corporation-Salisbury, NC and Duracell-The Gillette Company-Lancaster, SC.

Ms. Champion earned a B.S. in Accounting from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (Greensboro) and an MBA from Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC). She is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), Beta Gamma Sigma, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), National Black MBA Association, (NBMBAA), and Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) where she completed the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) in August 2006. Ms. Champion has passed parts I, II, and III of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examination administered by The Institute of Internal Auditors.

Alicia Caudill - Gainesville State College

Alicia Caudill is currently the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Gainesville State College in Gainesville, GA. She has worked at Gainesville State College for seven and a half years. Prior to taking her current position in January 2006, she served the College as the Director of Student Activities.

Alicia has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, and a doctorate in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia.

Prior to working at GSC, she worked at Mercer University in Macon, GA, Lambuth University in Jackson, TN and Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.

Alicia hopes ELI helps her learn more about how she can be a more effective leader. She is enjoying the support of her Cross Mentoring Group as I work on the goal I have set for myself as part of ELI.

Michael Casdorph - Medical College of Georgia

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Melody Carter - Fort Valley State University
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Dr. Melody L. Carter is the Vice President for External Affairs at Fort Valley State University and is also the Executive Director for the Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. Her leadership responsibilities include supervision of seven other offices: Career and Alumni Services; Development; FVSU Public Service Center; C. W. Pettigrew Family Life Center; U.S. Department of Education Strengthening HBCU grant (Title III part B); Sponsored Programs; and Facilities Development. As the University’s chief advancement and development officer, she oversees the administration of sponsored programs representing more than 30 million dollars in external funding. Dr. Carter’s purview also includes creating and maintaining a culture of giving at the University.

Dr. Carter is the recipient of professional awards from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Carter earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master’s degree in student personnel administration at Buffalo State College before going on to earn a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Wes Brown - South Georgia College

Wes Brown has 32 years of experience in the field of instructional and computer technology. he holds an Associate of Science degree in education from South Georgia College, a Bachelor of Science degree in technical, trade, and industrial education, and a Master’s in education in instructional technology from Valdosta State University.

In his current position as Executive Director of Enrollment and Information, he provides strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation and coordination of the instructional and information technology systems for the College network and manages the computer operations of the student information system, including local area networks and wide-area networks. Wes also maintains a position as a Professor of Computer Technology at the College. Furthermore, he oversees the areas of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid.

Wes also has been tasked with the implementation of Lean Six Sigma after achieving certification as a Black Belt practitioner. Prior to joining South Georgia College, he was an adjunct professor at East Central Technical College and former Instructional Technology Coordinator at Citizens Christian Academy. He also served in the United States Navy for more than 16 years in the field of Aviation Electronics.

Rebecca Caravati - Georgia Institute of Technology
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Rebecca Caravati is currently the Director of Financial Operations at Georgia Technology Research Institute (GTRI). GTRI is Georgia Technology’s largest research unit and its only applied research unit. Rebecca recently completed her 15th year at GTRI. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and graduated from Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

Rebecca is honored that Tech selected her to participate in ELI. She hopes to improve her leadership skills, learn about other institutions in the BOR system, and get to know lots of the other participants. Her hope is that relationships will last beyond the graduation date in April.

Richard Baskin - Gordon College
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Richard Baskin is Chair of Humanities, Special Assistant to the Dean for External Programs, Director of Learning Support, and Associate Professor of English at Gordon College.

In the middle of earning his BA in English from the University of North Texas, Richard left UNT for five years to marry and to work in businesses large and small, as well as to work for himself. Later, he also earned an MA in English from UNT, then a PhD in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Richard hopes to broaden his perspectives through his ELI experience so that he will be more effective in his work.

Jennifer Brannon - Middle Georgia College
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Jennifer Brannon grew up in Marietta, Georgia. She now lives in Cochran. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. One of her personal goals is to earn a doctorate in the near future.

Jennifer has been an employee of Middle Georgia College for 12 years. She started as the Director of Student Activities, a position she held for 4 years until she moved to the Office of Admissions. Since then, she has been the Director of Admissions, and recently added the title and responsibilities of the Registrar to her duties.

She is honored that Middle Georgia College nominated her for participation in ELI. She hopes to gain valuable knowledge and increased leadership skills to help her progress at this point in her career.

Gary Barnette - Darton College

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Neil Aspinwall - Waycross College
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Neil Aspinwall began his career in education 25 years ago as a classroom teacher at Glynn Academy High School in Brunswick, Georgia. His administrative career began at Okefenokee Technical College as the Director of Adult Education, then as the Director of Instruction, and finally as the Vice President of Economic Development. This is his third year as the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at Waycross College.

His education consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education, a Master’s and Specialist degree in School Administration & Supervision, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration.
Neil has completed the Future Leaders Institute through the American Association of Community Colleges 2006. The ELI is similar but also very different. His hopes are that this program will allow him to become more efficient and effective as a college administrator.

Clark Alexander - Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
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Dr. Clark Alexander is Professor of Geology at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Director of Georgia Southern University’s Applied Coastal Research Laboratory on the Skidaway Institute campus. Alexander received a BSc in Oceanography and a BA in Geology from Humboldt State University in 1983, a MSc in marine geology in 1985 and a PhD in marine sedimentology in 1990, both from North Carolina State University.

His research interests include sedimentary processes on continental margins, coastal and barrier island geology, rates and processes of shoreline change, sediment dynamics and coastal erosion, strata formation in estuarine, coastal and shelf environments, radiochemical techniques and tracers, historical records of anthropogenic impacts on the coast and benthic habitat characterization. Dr. Alexander has extensive experience in marine geology from study sites around the world. With 15 years of funding from NSF, ONR and the USGS, he has worked on the east and west coasts and in lakes of the U.S., in Mexico, China, Korea, Brazil, the Siberian Arctic and New Zealand. Since joining the Skidaway Institute faculty in 1989, he has pursued these research interests within the South Atlantic Bight through funding from the GA and SC Sea Grant Programs and the GA Coastal Zone Management Program. Alexander served 8 years on the GA Coastal Marshlands and Shore Protection Committees, where he gained an in-depth understanding of the balance between the pressures on the SE US coastal zone.

Arna T. Albritten - Albany State University
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Arna Albritten grew up in Jesup, Georgia. Instead of moving directly into college she worked two years. Later she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Over the years she worked in several different positions in the area of records and that of academic affairs.

Arna’s position at Albany State University is that of Dean of Academic Services and Registrar. She appreciates the opportunity to have been selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Institute, and is excited to continue to grow and learn.

Yong Tai Wang - Georgia State University
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Yong “Tai” Wang is a Professor with the Division of Physical Therapy, the Graduate Director of Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, and the President of Phi Beta Delta (Official Honor Society for International Scholars in USA) at Georgia State University Chapter. He received a Bachelor degree and Master degree in Exercise Science from Wuhan Sports University in Wuhan, China, and awarded a second Master degree in Biomechanics/Computer Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Ph.D. degree in Biomechanics of Rehabilitation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

Yong is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, and a Fellow of Research Consortium, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He was a faculty member with Auburn University from 1991 to 1998 as the Director of Biomechanics Research Laboratory. And then he came to Georgia State University as a faculty member in Physical Therapy and as the Director of Biomechanics and Wheelchair Locomotion Research Laboratory in 1998.

He is very pleased and feels honored to participate in the ELI training class.

Elizabeth Wark - Medical College of Georgia
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Elizabeth Wark is currently Assistant Dean for Faculty Practice for the School of Allied Health Sciences at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). She is originally from Massachusetts, but Georgia has been her home since 1993. Elizabeth is a physical therapist (PT) by training, and earned both a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in that field. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts. She joined MCG as a faculty member in their Department of Physical Therapy in 1995 and continues to serve in that capacity in addition to her administrative role.

She is excited to be participating in the ELI program as she continues to develop as a leader, and she feels that she is on a new journey (with the insights and encouragement from her Cross Mentoring Group!).