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New Hires, Promotions & Retirements

Valerie Hines named Web Content StrategistValerie Hines

Valerie Hines is a double ‘Cane, having earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing (’07) and a Master of Business Administration (’17) from Georgia Southwestern. She lives in Americus and, in her spare time, enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, listening to true crime podcasts, and anything involving creativity.

She began her career as a Graphic Designer for “I Care” Products and Services and, for the last 11 years, served South Georgia Technical College as Marketing Coordinator for the Americus Campus (2008-2017) and, most recently, Library Services and Technology Coordinator at the Cordele Campus. Her newest role brings her back to her alma mater as Web Content Strategist for Georgia Southwestern.

When asked how she feels about being back on the GSW campus, she exclaimed, “I’m pleased to be joining the staff of my alma mater almost 17 years after first stepping through the doors of the University. I can’t wait to make GSW proud!”

Dr. Melanie Thornton joins College of EducationDr. Melanie Thornton

Dr. Melanie Thornton recently joined the College of Education as Associate Dean and Associate Professor.  Her research in education has been focused variously on service learning, college readiness, classroom techniques for success and reading comprehension. Recently, she was a featured presenter at the National Perkins Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught at Darton State College, Troy University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a Commissioner for College Readiness with the American Association of Community Colleges.

Thornton is a Georgia native, having been born and raised in Southwest Georgia. Her graduate education includes an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southwestern State University, an M.Ed. in Reading Specialist from Georgia Southwestern State University, an Ed.S. from Troy University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University.

Raven Burkes joins the Library

Raven Burkes has joined the staff of the James E Carter Library as a Library Technician – Collection Development Assistant. She is in charge of ordering books, DVDs, and serials and will work with faculty and staff to make sure items are available. A December 2018 graduate of GSW, Raven has a degree in Sociology.


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