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Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

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.

LyndaLee PurvisLynda Lee Purvis
(229) 931-2019

Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
SACS COC Liaison

Dr. Davis received his Ph.D in Medieval British Literature from the Ohio State University in 1997, and came to GSW as an assistant professor in August, 1998. He was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and professor in 2008. While at GSW he has been Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. He has also been GSW’s SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison since 2009. Dr. Davis believes in challenging students to exceed their own expectations for themselves, but only while providing support to insure their success.

BPD3 Bryan Davis
(229) 931-5140

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and MFE Coordinator

Cheri Paradise joined GSW in 2000 as an Accounting Assistant in the Business and Finance department. She was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Managed Faculty Events Coordinator in 2010. Cheri is a fourth generation Sumter County citizen. She graduated from Americus High School and attended Georgia Southwestern State University majoring in English. While at GSW she has served on the University Wide Grievance Panel, the GSW Human Relations Council, and the GSW Staff Senate as the Academic Affairs representative. She is a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals. Cheri is dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and student body of the campus and loves the challenges and the rewards of working in higher education.

CheriParadise Cheri Paradise
(229) 928-1361

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