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Neal Weaver

Dr. Neal Weaver

President
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. 
Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall

Vice President for Business and Finance

Jeff Hall returned to Georgia Southwestern in September 2020 and serves as the Vice President for Business and Finance. In this role, he supervises the offices of Accounting Services, Purchasing, Materials Management, Auxiliary Services, Public Safety, Student Accounts and Physical Plant. Jeff previously served as GSW’s Comptroller from 2010-2017 and Albany State University’s Controller for 3 years after that. He has also worked as an auditor for the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager. Jeff earned both of his degrees from GSW, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2001 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2005.

Suzanne Smith

Dr. Suzanne Smith

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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.
Laura Boren

Dr. Laura Boren

Executive Vice President for Student Engagement & Success
Laura D. Boren, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (EVPSES), 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.
Royce Hackett

Royce Hackett

Director of Information & Instructional Technology/Chief Information Officer
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.
Mike Leeder

Mike Leeder

Director of Athletics
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.
Gaye Hayes

Dr. Gaye Hayes

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management
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.
Stephen Snyder

Stephen E. Snyder

Assistant Vice President for Advancement, GSW Foundation Executive Director
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. Prior to being named Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director to the GSW Foundation, he served as Special Assistant to the President. Snyder provides oversight for the Foundation, Marketing and Communications, Alumni Services, Annual Fund, Advancement Services, Development and Government Relations. Snyder earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern.
Chelsea Collins

Chelsea Collins

Director of Marketing and Communications
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.