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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. 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.

III. Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsSuzanneSmith

Dr. Suzanne Smith, 229-928-1361

Dr. Smith joined Georgia Southwestern in July 2018 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She most recently came to GSW from Washington State University Vancouver where she worked for over 20 years. As the provost and VPAA at GSW, Dr. Smith will be responsible for the instructional program of the university and the daily administration of academic affairs for both faculty and students. She will serve as the chief academic officer for the university, reporting to GSW President Neal Weaver. Working closely with the president and an extensive group of campus colleagues, she will guide strategic planning and policy development as well as promote campus-wide academic initiatives. She received her Ph.D. in child and family development from the University of Georgia in 1996. Prior to this, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science at Erskine College and her Master of Science in family and child development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 2015, she completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

IV. Vice President for Student Engagement & Success LauraBoren

Dr. Laura Boren

Laura D. Boren, Ph.D., serves as the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (VPSES), overseeing the two major functional areas of student life and enrollment management. She is responsible for providing innovative and strategic leadership, as well as, administrative direction for student engagement and retention priorities across institutional lines. Reporting to President Neal Weaver, she serves as the chief student affairs and retention officer at the institution. She came to GSW in July of 2018 from Tarleton State University, part of the Texas A&M University System, located in Stephenville, Texas, where she served as vice president for Student Affairs. Previously, she served as vice president for Student Affairs at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. She has over 20 years of experience in administrative leadership and holds a Doctorate in higher education administration from Texas A&M University. Prior to this, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in meetings and destination management and her Master of Science in college student personnel services from Northeastern State University.

V. 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.

VI. 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.

VII. 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.

VIII. Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Gaye 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 and was named the University's first Vice President of Enrollment Management in March 2009 which governed the Office of Admissions and Registrar's Office. With a reorganization that merged Enrollment Management and Student Affairs into the Division for Student Engagement and Success, Hayes became Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management which oversees Admissions and Financial Aid, providing leadership in advancing programs and services designed to support student recruitment, admission, financial aid, and career exploration. 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.

IX. Assistant Vice President for Student SuccessTristam.Aldridge

Tristam Aldridge, 229-931-2757

Tristam Aldridge joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 2016 as Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development before being named Assistant Vice President Student Success in 2018. He is responsible for working with a team to advance division and university priorities related to student success and serves as a primary Division of Student Engagement and Success liaison to Academic Affairs and other university entities. Additionally, he provides leadership in advancing programs and services designed to support student wellbeing, engagement and retention. 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 in Student Affairs and Auxiliary Services, having served as Interim VP and Director of both respectively. He has also been an advisor to international scholars and students in the Office of International Affairs and served 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.

X. 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.

XI. 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.

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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