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I. Presidentthumb Admin Patterson

Dr. Neal Weaver, 229-928-1360

President Weaver began his tenure in July of 2017 and is responsible for the University’s strategic direction and overall administration. Weaver comes to GSW from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. where he was the vice president for university advancement and innovation. Prior to Nicholls State, Weaver served West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon as vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the WTAMU Foundation. He has also served in previous roles as vice president for university relations, director of university relations and director of public relations at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Weaver holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He earned an MBA from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and a bachelor of arts in speech/communications from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. 

II. Interim Vice President for Academic AffairsLyndaLee Web

Dr. Lynda Lee Purvis, 229-931-2019

Lynda Lee Purvis joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 1991 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and then moved to the Office of Academic Affairs in 1994. She served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs before retiring in 2012. Mrs. Purvis returned in 2016 as Interim Associate Vice President and assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty in 2017. In this position, she is responsible for the instructional program of the University and the daily administration of academic affairs, both for faculty and for students. Her primary goal is for students to experience academic success through the excellent teaching and academic support provided by GSW. She earned her baccalaureate degree magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Georgia and her graduate degree from the University of Alabama with additional graduate work at Georgia Southwestern.

 III. Vice President for Business and Finance

Cody King

Cody King, 229-931-2066

Mr. King came to Georgia Southwestern in 1996 as director of Accounting Services before serving as comptroller from 2000-2007. He filled the role of Vice President in August of 2007. In addition to his work in the office of Business and Finance, King taught courses in managerial, cost and tax accounting. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgia Southwestern College and his master's degree in business administration from Albany State University.

IV. Vice President of Enrollment ManagementGaye S. Hayes

Dr. Gaye S. Hayes, 229-928-1273

Gaye Hayes came to GSW in 1991 to work in the Division of Student Affairs. Hayes was appointed to the lead role in Admissions in 2003. She was named the University's first Vice President of Enrollment Management in March 2009 which governs over the Office of Admissions and Registrar's Office. Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from GSW, a master's degree in college student personnel from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. from Georgia State University in educational policy studies.

V. Executive Director, GSW Foundation

Reda K. Rowell, 229-931-2014

Rowell joined the Foundation and GSW in December of 2012 from Clayton State University where she was director of Development and Alumni Affairs since 2001. She serves as the lead fundraiser for the University and manager of the GSW Foundation. Rowell is an alumna of Clayton State where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and a Master of Arts in history.

VI. Athletic DirectorMike Leeder

Mike Leeder, 229-931-2230

Mike Leeder has served as the University’s athletic director since 2014, focusing his attention on and raising funds for all 10 Hurricane sports. Previously, Leeder was the head coach of the Men's Basketball Program for 12 seasons. Leeder was named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the 2010-2011 season. Prior to joining GSW, Leeder served as head men’s basketball coach at Longwood University (1999-2003). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Florida State University, and a Master of Science degree in education from Nova Southeastern University.

VII. Special Assistant to the President

Stephen E. Snyder, 229-931-2037

Snyder joined the Georgia Southwestern staff in 2007 as a development officer before transitioning into the role of University Relations Director, where he served for more than 10 years. As Special Assistant to the President, he is responsible for alumni, annual giving and government relations. Snyder earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern.

VIII. Interim Vice President for Student AffairsTristam.Aldridge

Tristam Aldridge, 229-931-2757

Tristam Aldridge joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 2016 as Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development. In this role, Mr. Aldridge serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and is charged with working across the University to lead and support optimized enrollment strategies, predictive analytics and student-centered services to support the University’s short- and long-term enrollment goals. This will include domestic, international and out-of-state students, ensuring integrated retention practices among the campus divisions. Aldridge previously served as Director of Graduate Admissions at Georgia Southern University. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at Clemson University. He has experience as an advisor to international scholars and students in the Office of International Affairs and as the Director of Admissions at Clemson. Aldridge earned his Bachelor of Science from Toccoa Falls College, having majored in Christian Counseling. He holds a Master of Education from Clemson University where he is a PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership.

IX. Director of Information & Instructional Technology/Chief Information OfficerRoyce.Hackett

Royce Hackett, 229-931-2074

Royce Hackett came to GSW in 1997 as a member of the campus Information and Instructional Technology team. He was named the University’s Chief Information Officer in April of 2007, and is responsible for the integration of technology into the instructional and administrative missions of the University. Hackett earned his Associate of Applied Science from Columbus State University, and his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern.

X. Executive Assistant to the PresidentAngela Smith

Angela Smith, 229-928-1360

Angela Smith came to GSW from the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Executive Assistant to the President of Georgia Southwestern State University. In her role, she provides inter-office support to the President, coordinates and facilitates events hosted by the President’s Office and University, serves as the President’s representative on a number of select organizations and committees and as a liaison between the President and other groups served by the University. Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelors in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University and is a 2005 graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She is also actively involved in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Americus and the Sumter Historic Trust. She chairs the Board of Directors for Americus Main Street, is a graduate and former chair of Leadership Sumter, graduate and trainer for Advancing Sumter Leadership Institute, and has received additional certifications in Facilitator Skill Development and Customer Service.

XI. Executive Director, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI)LeisaEasom

Leisa Easom, 229-931-2062

Leisa R. Easom joined GSW in 1988 to teach in the School of Nursing. In 2010, she became the Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) and Pope Eminent Scholar at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). The mission of the RCI is to establish local, state, national and international partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home and community-based services for caregivers in the promotion of caregiver health, skills, and resilience. Dr. Easom completed her doctoral degree in nursing at the Medical College of Georgia in 2003. Post-doctoral education included end-of-life training. Certified in gerontology, Dr. Easom focuses her program of research on caregivers (military and dementia), end-of-life issues, aging, and health promotion in rural areas of the United States.

XII. Director of Marketing and CommunicationsChelseaCollins

Chelsea Collins

Chelsea Collins joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 2015 as the Communications/Website Specialist for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving later earning the title Director of Communications. In 2018, she transitioned into the Director of Marketing and Communications position for GSW. In this role, Collins serves as the university spokesperson and is responsible for external affairs, crisis communication, website and social media, print materials, and assisting with special events and fundraising efforts. Collins earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University, and is a graduate of Advancing Sumter Leadership Institute and Leadership Lee. She is certified in Optimizing Marketing Strategies in a Digital World, Mental Health First Aid and is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor.

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