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Cheokas appointed dean of GSW's College of Business and Computing

Gaynor Cheokas, DBA, has been appointed dean for the College of Business and Computing (COBAC) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). Cheokas has served as interim dean since June 2020 following the retirement of Liz Wilson, Ph.D., former dean, after 30 years of distinguished service.

“Gaynor has done an outstanding job leading as interim dean,” said President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “She has brought high energy and creative ideas for new degree programs. I am excited about the direction she is taking us, and I expect great things from her as she continues to lead the nationally ranked and accredited College of Business and Computing which has earned its reputation as one of the best in the nation.”

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Suzanne Smith, Ph.D., explained that Cheokas was the ideal person to lead COBAC into the future when asked about the dean search.

“Gaynor has both the skill set and personality needed for this position,” Smith said. “She has made great strides in a short period of time. I look forward to what she and her colleagues will do in the years to come to help our students reach their goals and be successful both while at GSW and once they graduate.”

Cheokas joined the faculty at Georgia Southwestern in the fall of 2004. During her 17 years at GSW, Cheokas has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in fields such as small business management, entrepreneurship and organizational leadership. In addition, Cheokas is currently the director for the Center for Business and Economic Development housed in COBAC.

Learn more about Cheokas and her new position here.


GSW announces 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients

Georgia Southwestern announced nine of its most outstanding alumni for their professional and personal achievements as well as their contributions to the University. These individuals were recognized Saturday, Mar. 13 during the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner in the GSW Storm Dome. 

“Georgia Southwestern would not be the great institution that it is today without our outstanding alumni, friends and partners,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “This is a special time for the GSW family as we honor graduates who have accomplished a lot in life and contributed to the successes of the University. The 2021 awardees are a unique group, and I am excited about the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these distinguished individuals.”

Each of these awards holds special significance and has different criteria. The 2021 Alumni Awardees are:

  • Aeolian Award recipient: Susan Parker Welch, '73 and '75
  • Leewynn Finklea Award recipient: Lamar Radford, '03
  • Visionary Award recipient: Jaha Dukureh, '15
  • Young Alumni of the Year: Ryan Garnto, '13
  • Family Legacy Award recipients: Randall “Randy” Roderick, ’81; Debora Durrence Roderick, ’81; Richard “Ric” Roderick, ’10; Shelley Tondee Roderick, ’10
  • Hall of Fame inductee: Lou Davidson Chase, '87 and '90, Softball

Learn more about the Outstanding Alumni here and view the event photos on GSW's Facebook page.

Alumni Award winners 2021

GSW named #1 Best Online RN to BSN Program in Georgia for second year in a row

Georgia Southwestern has been recognized as having the #1 Best Online RN to BSN Program in Georgia by, a nursing advocacy organization, for the second consecutive year. This prestigious ranking is based on GSW's nursing program's graduation rate, tuition and fees, quality of faculty, acceptance rate, and accreditations.

RN to BSN programs allow registered nurses (RNs) to advance their career, earn a higher salary, and assume more leadership and responsibility in the workplace by earning a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

"We are delighted our RN to BSN program has been recognized once again as number one in Georgia," said Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "This speaks to our expert faculty, motivated students, and strong partnerships with reputable healthcare organizations. Careers in healthcare are extremely sought after right now and the long term demand for registered nurses is rapidly growing. The baccalaureate prepared nurse demand is even greater, and employers seek and support RNs who are advancing their education.”

Read more about GSW’s distinguished nursing program here.


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