Center for Leadership Excellence

Encouraging and supporting leadership development throughout the University System

2013-2014 ALA Scholars

Susan Collins Allen - Georgia College & State University
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Susan’s current position as Interim Vice President for Finance & Administration provides oversight of the University’s financial resources and ensures the economic viability of the institution. The position includes oversight and leadership of Accounting, Business Services, Budget, Facilities Planning, Payroll, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Materials Management, Auxiliary Services, Public Safety, Physical Plant, and Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety.

Education includes Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Business Administration from Georgia College, and professional certifications in Governmental Financial Management, College and University Planning, and College Business Management.

Married thirty-one years with one grown son, and hobbies include reading, gardening, and oil and acrylic painting.

Jon Anderson - University of West Georgia
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Jon Anderson serves as the Deputy Provost, SACS Liaison, and Professor of Management at the University of West Georgia. In these roles he works with academic programming, accreditation, budgeting, and facilities. Previously he served as the Associate Dean in the Richards College of Business and MBA Director. He works with accrediting agencies, funding partners, local governments, and donors to find ways to serve the citizens of West Georgia and the stakeholders of the University.

His academic training includes degrees in business, education, and sociology. As a professor, his research focuses on exploring how organizations craft and implement strategies and how to improve student learning. His research is published in a number of academic journals and has been presented at professional conferences across the country and internationally. He served as the founding advisor for the University of West Georgia SIFE team. He is the recipient of a number of grants to support research, teaching, and service, including funding from the Coleman Foundation Inc., the Warren and Eva Sewell Foundation, and the Robert J. Stone Endowment for Entrepreneurial Studies. He continues active involvement in research and teaching.

He also is active in the community including service as the chair of the Carroll County School Board, one of the largest employers in Carroll County with an annual budget of more than $100 million. He serves as the Bishop of his church congregation, a lay ministry position. Personally, he and his wife Kristy, to whom he has been married 17 years, are the proud parents of 6 children.

Michael Casdorph - Georgia Regents University
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Michael Casdorph is Associate Vice President for Academic & Research Technology at Georgia Regent’s University. Michael has been in Information Technology for over 25 years, with the last 18 dedicated to education. Prior to GRU, Michael was Director of Network Systems, Architecture, and Infrastructure in the University of South Carolina system for 12 years. At GRU, Michael’s focus is the University’s IT services and he is responsible for enterprise applications, academic technology, research technology, educational design and development, and distance education. In recent years, Michael has spoken nationally on the innovative use of technology in teaching, including mobile, gaming, simulation, and multimedia.

In 2009, Michael was selected in the inaugural class of the University Systems of Georgia’s (USG) Executive Leadership Institute, and in 2014 Michael completed the USG’s inaugural class of the Accelerated Leadership Academy. Michael’s education includes a B.A. from Marylhurst University and a M.Ed. From the University of South Carolina. In 2014, he successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Faculty Motivation & Intent to Teach Online” completing his Ed.D. In educational leadership from Georgia Southern University. Michael’s teaching experience includes both Computer Science as well as Education.

Robin Catmur - University of Georgia
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Robin Catmur is 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. I 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 was the Regulatory Ombudsperson for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Southeast region, since 2010, and now is chair of the NAFSA Student Sub-committee, working to advance advocacy and to monitor and address national regulatory issues and trends relating to international students and scholars.

Robin is a trainer for NAFSA and routinely presents workshops pertaining to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa sponsorships, as well as leadership and management development. Chair of the University System of Georgia Committee on International Students and Scholars, Robin is an invited scholar to the University System of Georgia, having completed the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) in 2012. She is currently an Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA) scholar for the system. She is the recipient of the NAFSA 2012 Award of Excellence. 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.

Mark Cunningham - Atlanta Metropolitan State College
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Dr. Mark A. Cunningham received the Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry from Claflin College; the Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University, and the Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Georgia State University. Dr. Cunningham started his professional career as an environmental chemist at the Company, Law Environmental. He later served on the Chemistry faculty at Spelman College, followed by the position of Chemistry Department Head at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (1992-2005). In 2005, Dr. Cunningham took a chemistry faculty position at Berea College in Berea, KY, and returned to Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2008 to assume an administrative position of Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, which has led to a series of promotions to his current title of Vice President for Institution Effectiveness.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Cunningham has served on various SACSCOC on-site/off-site and C&R Committees. Cunningham serves as a consultant on institutional effectiveness, planning, and assessment, and has presented at the SACSCOC Annual meeting. Serving as Director of Reaffirmation of Accreditation, Dr. Cunningham has led Atlanta Metropolitan State College through two successful reaffirmations of accreditation and a SACS substantive change, from a level 1 to level 2 institution. In the University System of Georgia (USG), Dr. Cunningham has served on various committees, as well as received executive leadership training in the prestigious USG Institutes: the Executive Leadership Institute and the Accelerated Leadership Academy.

James Fortner - Georgia Institute of Technology
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James “Jim” Fortner is the Associate Vice President for Financial Services at Georgia Institute of Technology. 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.

Lee Fruitticher - Gordon State College

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Jo Galle - Georgia Gwinnett College
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Dr. Jo Galle is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia’s newest four-year institution. Founded in 2006 with just ten faculty and 118 students, GGC has been in the process of creating new programs and new protocols, and Dr. Galle has been integrally involved in the development of a number of initiatives. Her work with the GGC Honors program and with ROTC provided the original impetus to now growing GGC programs. Dr. Galle also worked with the faculty and the deans to submit to and gain approval from the Board of Regents a total of eight new academic degree programs in one year. She also has provided leadership and support for comprehensive annual program review, new faculty orientation, “New Students March through the Arch,” Academic Convocation, obtaining membership in the Service members Opportunity Colleges, and has worked with over twenty faculty during a three-year period to charter chapters for a total of thirteen academic honor societies.

Prior to her serving at GGC as Associate Provost, Dr. Galle was the founding Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Assessment at Southern Polytechnic State University and the founding Director of Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In these roles, Dr. Galle was responsible for the establishment of new offices which involved the creation of strategic plans, unit plans, and student learning plans for over 50 degree programs and over 25 departments/units (at Southern Polytechnic State University) and over 100 degree programs and over 45 departments/units (at the University of Louisiana at Monroe). She also is a SACSCOC evaluator and has been on a number of on-site accreditation visits. Dr. Galle’s current scholarship focuses primarily on assessment and other issues in higher education. She has presented at SACSCOC; AAC&U; the ABET Assessment Symposium; POD; the Foundations of Excellence Annual Conference; and the NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference. She also has conducted research on major writers of the modern South and presented on such authors as William Faulkner, Ellen Gilchrist and Shirley Ann Grau. For four years, she served as an officer on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Association of Composition. Dr. Galle received her master of arts and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. “Higher education opens the door to the middle class for so many Americans,” Dr. Galle observes. “And for those of us called to do this work, providing high quality engaged learning is the means by which this transition is achieved. This also is essential to the Georgia Gwinnett mission, and I am honored to be a part of the work.”

Randall Griffus - Dalton State College

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Alex Koohang - Middle Georgia State College
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Alex Koohang joined the Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College) in July 2007 as the Dean of the School of Information Technology (IT). He has 26 years of experience in academe, serving as an educator, a scholar, an innovator, and an academic leader. Under Alex’s leadership the School of IT at Middle Georgia State College has made tremendous advancements. In 2008, the program received its full specialized accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). In 2010, the program was offered completely online - a collaborative effort using the University System of Georgia’s eCore. In 2011, Alex initiated the programmatic pathways between School of IT and State’s Technical Colleges that has resulted in eight seamless programmatic articulation agreements thus far. The enrollment in the BS in IT program has grown from 53 students in Fall 2007 to approximately 570 students in Spring 2014. Alex guides and leads the Complete College Georgia for the School of Information Technology in which the program now offers various methods of earning credit for learning gained through life or work outside of structured higher educational courses to reduce time to graduate.

Alex is a researcher in the fields of Information Technology and E-Learning. He enjoys writing scholarly papers for publication and presentation. He is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Information Systems and serves on the editorial review board of a few IS/IT publications. Alex is the recipient of a number of awards including the 2009 Computer Educator of the Year Award from the International Association for Computer Information Systems where he now serves as the Vice President to the Executive Board. Alex holds a Ph.D. degree; two MSc. degrees, and a BSc. He is a certified data educator He enjoys exercising, listening to a wide variety of music, writing, public speaking, and cooking healthy gourmet food.

Scot Lingrell - University of West Georgia
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Scot Lingrell, PhD, has been the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of West Georgia since 2012 after having served as the associate vice president since 2005. He has held numerous positions in enrollment management, admissions, and academic advising at Wayne State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, and Rhodes State College.

Dr. Lingrell has presented at numerous national conferences around issues of organizational leadership and management, using data to make strategic decisions, and strategic enrollment planning. He has served AACRAO as a committee chair of the Enrollment Management and Retention Committee. He is the author of a chapter titled “Getting it Right: Data and Good Decisions” in the book Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education, and was the 2009 inaugural recipient of the AACRAO SEM Award of Excellence.

Dr. Lingrell received his PhD from Ohio University in higher education administration, and his MA and BA degrees from Bowling Green State University.

Robert Mattox - Kennesaw State University
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Bob has worked at Kennesaw State University for 24 years. He is the Assistant Dean for Student Success Services. He started at KSU as the Director of Counseling and Testing and was promoted to Director of Counseling, Advising Program Services in 1995. Prior to KSU, Bob was an Assistant Professor for Counseling and Rehabilitation Services at Emporia State University and a Coordinator of Student Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Bob is the Co-Founder of the American College Counseling Association and the Georgia College Counseling Association. He has over thirty published manuscripts in professional journals and books. He is the recipient of professional leadership awards from national and international organizations for his work in counseling and advising. He has served on the editorial board for the National Academic Advising Journal and the Journal of Counseling and Development. Bob is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Currently, Bob’s direct reports are Counseling and Psychological Services, First Year and Undeclared Advising, Orientation and Transition Programs, Testing Services, Veterans Resource Center, Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery, Student Athlete Success Services, Behavioral Response Team, Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center, AOD Education and Prevention Coalition and the CARE Center for homeless students.

Robert D. Page - South Georgia State College
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Dr. Rob Page carries a birth certificate from Wilmington, North Carolina in his wallet, but spent the majority of his formative years growing up in Central Florida, attending elementary, junior high, and high schools in the Orlando area. After graduating from high school, he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from the University of Central Florida.

After his time at UCF, he worked in the hospitality industry, most notably in management roles with Wyndham Hotels. His time with Wyndham took him from his home in Orlando to a brief stint in the Chicago area, then back down to Atlanta, where he eventually decided to return to graduate school and earn a doctorate in history, with the aspiration to teach at the college level. He earned the Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University in 1996.

After receiving the doctorate, he came to Georgia Highlands College in 1997 as an Assistant Professor of History, eventually becoming division chair in 2005, and then the Dean of Social Sciences, Business, and Education in 2011. In his sixteen years at GHC, he led assessment efforts, oversaw the Core revision process, and served in a number of other leadership roles at the college. Dr. Page is currently Vice President of Academic Affairs at South Georgia State College, starting that position in January, 2014. He is married to Tracy, and has two teenage girls, Emma and Kate.

Yi Pan - Georgia State University
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Yi Pan is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Interim Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University, USA. He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. 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. Dr. Pan’s research interests include parallel and cloud computing, wireless networks, optical networks, algorithms, and bioinformatics. Dr. Pan has published more than 330 papers including over 150 SCI journal papers and 50 IEEE Transactions papers. In addition, he has edited/authored 39 books. He has received many awards from organizations such as IEEE, NSF, AFOSR, JSPS, IBM, ISIBM, IISF and Mellon Foundation. Dr. Pan has served as an editor-in-chief or editorial board member for 15 journals including 7 IEEE Transactions and a guest editor for 12 special issues for 10 journals including 2 IEEE Transactions. He has organized numerous international conferences and workshops and has delivered over 40 keynote speeches at international conferences around the world. He is the recipient of many awards including IEEE Transactions Best Paper Award, IBM Faculty Award, MSN Best Paper Award, JSPS Senior Invitation Fellowship, IEEE BIBE Outstanding Achievement Award, NSF Research Opportunity Award, and AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Fellowship.

Al Panu - University of North Georgia

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Rick Reiman - South Georgia State College
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Rick is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at South Georgia State College. He served as chairperson (2001-2013) of the Division of Business and Social Sciences and as Professor of History at South Georgia College, where he has taught since 1993. He has been teaching History in one institution and role or another since 1979. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2008-2009. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Union Studies Program (EUSP) of the University System of Georgia and has developed online courses for the EUSP as well as eCore. He is currently the Affordable Learning Georgia champion at the College and has served as designer and coordinator of SGSC’s First-Year Experience program since 2011.

Khalid Siddiqi - Southern Polytechnic State University
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Khalid Siddiqi is a professor and chair of the Construction Management Department at Southern Polytechnic State University, and he continues to play a pivotal role in preparing construction managers to support the economic development in the State of Georgia. Prior to starting his teaching and administration career at SPSU Khalid had worked for fifteen years in the Construction Industry. He has worked on US Army Environmental Policy Institute Projects and also managed projects in Atlanta’s empowerment zone. He served as Director Master Plan for the City of Karachi and he also worked as a Project Monitoring Consultant on World Bank financed projects. Khalid has been instrumental in organizing and sustaining a Construction Industry Advisory Board for the Construction Management Department since last thirteen years at SPSU. The board members continue to provide financial support to the department for scholarships, student activities, career guidance or placement of students in their respective organizations, and program assessment and improvement inputs to keep BS and MS programs in Construction Management at the cutting edge. Khalid serves his community of educators as the Chair of the Training Committee of the American Council of Construction Education, which accredits Construction Management degree programs in the US and worldwide.

Khalid was selected for Executive Leadership Institute Program’s first batch of Scholars in 2009. He was awarded Outstanding Faculty Award from SPSU in 2003 and was honored as SPSU’s Teacher of the Year in 2004. In 2005, the Associated Schools of Construction presented him with their Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of his services for educational preparation of construction managers for the industry. Khalid has a Ph.D. from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and Construction from the Asian Institute of Technology Thailand, and a BS in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. Khalid continues to work on projects with Georgia’s Department of Transportation and Community Affairs in addition to overseas projects funded by US State Department. His research interests and publications are in the areas of Value Engineering, Environmental Construction, Construction Safety, and Benchmarking Environmental Restoration programs.

William Wells - Georgia Southern University

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Jane Wong - Armstrong Atlantic State University
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Jane Wong has served as Head of the Psychology Department at Armstrong since 2002. From January through July of 2006, she served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Armstrong. Prior to joining the faculty/administration at Armstrong, she served as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, where she had been a faculty member since 1988, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses primarily in the area of clinical psychology. During 1995-1996, Dr. Wong completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ while on Professional Development Leave from UNI. She also won UNI’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for 1998-1999. Under her leadership, Armstrong’s Department of Psychology developed a Bachelor of Science degree in addition to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology it had traditionally offered, and UNI’s graduate program in psychology grew to become one of the largest and most diverse master’s degree programs on campus. Jane and her husband enjoy gardening, recreational walking, and enjoying the culture and sights of downtown Savannah.

Wesley Zamzow - Georgia Regents University

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