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Dr. Jean Bartels Named Georgia Southern University Interim President

Atlanta — July 8, 2015

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Dr. Jean Bartels

University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Jean Bartels as interim president at Georgia Southern University (GSU).

Bartels currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at GSU. She has held this position since July 1, 2012. Prior to this role, she served as dean of the Georgia Southern College of Health and Human Sciences. Bartels came to Georgia Southern in 1999 to serve as the chair and professor of the School of Nursing.

She will begin her new assignment on July 20, upon the departure of President Brooks Keel. Keel was named president of Georgia Regents University in Augusta today.

“Dr. Bartels is an incredible asset to Georgia Southern and our University System,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “I look forward to her leadership during this time of transition and am confident that her stewardship will ensure that Georgia Southern continues to thrive.”

Prior to joining GSU, Bartels served as chair of nursing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis. She has also been a staff nurse in the intensive care unit at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee. Her career has focused on community-based nursing practice and education and most recently on teaching, learning, critical thinking, and outcomes assessment in nursing education.

Some of Bartels’ service to professional organizations includes serving as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and as a member of its board of directors and executive committee. She has also served as a member of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Steering Committee that created the CCNE accrediting body and as a CCNE site evaluator.

Bartels received a diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital School (Milwaukee, Wis.), a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Alverno College (Milwaukee, Wis.), a Master of Science in nursing from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.) and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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