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Early indications show GSW enrollment eclipses 3,000 for first time since 2011

Early returns show that Georgia Southwestern State University’s Fall 2016 enrollment has increased by 5.9 percent (169 students) from the enrollment this time in Fall 2015 (2,870). As of today, Georgia Southwestern’s total stands at 3,039 students – 2,635 undergraduate students and 404 graduate students


Hohnecker named director of Community and Student Engagement

Jill HohneckerGeorgia Southwestern State University (GSW) announced that Jill Hohnecker, Residence Life coordinator, will serve as the university's new director of Community and Student Engagement.

"I am excited about this new position and the opportunity to work to unite the college and the community together," Hohnecker said.

Hohnecker has served in the role of Residence Life coordinator since May 2014 where she has been responsible for the overall supervision and training of the Resident Assistant (RA) Program and advancing student activities among freshmen residents. In her new, expanded role, Hohnecker will also serve as the primary point of contact with local leaders to promote student engagement between the campus and community. This is a new position within GSW's Division of Student Affairs.


Aldridge named special assistant to the president

Tristam AldridgeOn August 1, Tristam Aldridge joined Georgia Southwestern State University as Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development. In this role, Mr. Aldridge will be 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 practices among the many campus divisions.

“Tristam hit the ground running in August, meeting with many individuals throughout campus and identifying ways we can support our existing students, as well as leverage our recent growth in enrollment,” said Interim President Dr. Charles Patterson. “In addition to developing a platform for analytics to measure institutional growth and sustainability, Tristam will also be filling a previously identified need for additional counseling support within the Office of Counseling Services and providing assistance to Ms. Alma Keita.”

“I feel especially honored by the opportunity to serve at GSW. I don’t know that I’ve ever been associated with an institution, as an employee or a student, whose core values are so clearly revealed by its stakeholders on a daily basis,” stated Aldridge. “We have truly been overwhelmed by the kindness of the GSW family.”

Aldridge has served as Director of Graduate Admissions at Georgia Southern University since 2012. He formerly served as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at Clemson University and has prior 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. He and his wife, Janelle have two sons: Bryce (age 12) and Levi (age 10).

Inaugural FNP class passes national certification exam

FNP classThe first six graduates of Georgia Southwestern’s inaugural Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s program have all passed their national certification exams. Learn more about these students.


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