Meagan Pearson, Gordon State College interim director of advancement, has been named the 2023 Outstanding Newcomer in Advancement by the Georgia Education Advancement Council (GEAC). Pearson was among several advancement professionals honored at the GEAC…
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The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has named Dr. Donald J. Green president of Gordon State College, effective Nov. 15, 2023.
Green had served as Gordon State’s interim president.
“President Green has made it his goal to realign Gordon State’s success with central Georgia’s economic future, helping to build a pipeline of highly skilled workers in critical professions for the region and state,” USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. “Based on feedback the board and I have received from the community and our students, faculty and staff, the college is well on its way toward making that happen. We’re grateful to have Don on board full-time as a Highlander as the college continues to help families access higher education and increase their prosperity.”
Before replacing Dr. Kirk Nooks at Gordon State in May, Green was president of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has 33 years of leadership experience in education, seven of them with USG. In September 2014, the board named Green the fourth president of Georgia Highlands College, where he served until taking the helm at Point Park in 2021.
“Gordon State students can count on acquiring in-demand skills and credentials at an affordable rate that will help them take advantage the market and attract top employers,” Green said. “It’s a privilege to work with our faculty and staff to help them find that success, and I appreciate Chancellor Perdue and the board’s support as we spread the word about this outstanding college and the value and benefit of a college education.”
About Dr. Donald J. Green
Prior to his service at Point Park University, Green at GHC oversaw initiatives and strategic planning that led to higher retention rates and significant enrollment growth. Green also expanded GHC’s degree offerings with multiple associate and bachelor’s degrees to meet the needs of rapidly growing career fields. Green’s leadership helped increase GHC’s economic impact to over $181 million. In addition to significant increases to the college’s foundation and student scholarship opportunities, he oversaw the addition of a 52,000-square-foot academic building focused on STEAM-based areas of study.
In 2020, Green was one of 13 college presidents across the country who received the Phi Beta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon award for outstanding work in support of student success. Recipients of the award are nominated by students on their campus and are only eligible to receive the award once over the course of their careers.
Before his time with USG, Green held leadership roles at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. At Ferris State, he worked to more than double the number of community college-based campus locations from nine to 19 and achieved an annual enrollment growth rate average of more than eight percent per year for his division.
Green’s higher education experience includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University, both in Grand Rapids, Mich. Green also previously ran a consulting firm advising corporations, governmental organizations and educational institutions on training and education.
Green holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Michigan State University, a master’s in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from Western Michigan University. He and his wife, Cathy, have three adult children.
UGA middle linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson suffered a fractured arm Saturday in a 30-21 win over Missouri and will be out for some time.
The top backups for Johnson are Lamar County’s own CJ Allen and his roommate, freshman Raylen Wilson. Allen got increased playing time Saturday after Dumas-Johnson’s injury and forced an errant pass from Tiger quarterback Brady Cook that was intercepted by defensive lineman Nazir Stackhouse. The long return was called back but the pick iced the Bulldogs’ win over the Tigers.
#10 Ole Miss will be in Athens this week for a 7 p.m. kick on the ESPN national broadcast. The network’s ever-popular Gameday crew will also be in the classic city.
The stakes will be high, the stadium lights will be bright and our own CJ Allen may get the start.
It’s a huge opportunity for Allen who, at this time last year, was preparing to lead his Trojan team into the state playoffs.
Gordon State College (GSC) has announced that it received a total gift of $500,000 from the Cadence Bank Foundation; Georgia Power Foundation; and Joseph W. Evans, a member of the Cadence Bank board of directors, to establish the Highlanders Scholars Program (HSP). The HSP is a regional access experience that will identify, support and nurture 14 Associate in Science graduates who will continue their studies at Georgia Tech starting their junior year.
The HSP provides an essential entry point into higher education for talented scholars from the College’s 14-county primary service region seeking a local start to their engineering pathway. Candidates will be nominated yearly in January with a 14-scholar cohort announced each March.
A recent study commissioned by the Jack Kent Cook Foundation shows that students who complete associate degree programs and transfer to selective institutions have equal-to-higher graduation rates versus students who either enrolled directly from high school or transferred from other four-year institutions.
“We at Gordon State College are thrilled to lead this project, which will provide engineering education to those who have been historically underrepresented in STEM majors. We deeply appreciate the work of the Cadence Bank Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation and especially Joe Evans for funding a project that will transform lives,” said GSC Interim President, Donald J. Green. “We look forward to expanding this program in the future and providing more talent to grow Georgia’s economy.”
Each HSP scholar will receive an award covering 100% of tuition, including room and board, while enrolled at GSC. They will attend a mandatory pre-freshman and a six-week summer bridge program, where they will prepare for the new expectations and requirements of college courses while in a close-knit peer group. The scholars will also conduct a research internship focused on solving a local issue within GSC’s 14-county primary service region.
“More than 140 years ago, our company was developed by neighbors helping neighbors, and we’re proud to carry on this strong legacy of community support,” said Dan Rollins, chairman and CEO of Cadence Bank. “With this gift, the bank aims to play a significant role in enhancing Gordon State College’s reputation as a leading educational institution and fostering a more diverse and inclusive STEM workforce.”
Rita Breen, executive director of the Georgia Power Foundation, said that by investing in the HSP, they are empowering the future workforce in the state.
“We are excited to partner with Gordon State College to increase the number of underrepresented students studying in STEM disciplines,” Breen said.
A Georgia Tech faculty mentor will be paired with each scholar during the first two years at GSC and will ultimately become their faculty advisor upon transferring to the institute.
To learn more about the Highlanders Scholars Program, visit GordonState.edu.
Relay for Life events begin Friday here with the Survivor Celebration from 6-8 p.m. at the Women’s Clubhouse.
The main event begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Summers Field Park and walkers from multiple teams will walk laps around the park until the event closes at 9 a.m. Sunday.
The opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. followed the the survivor and caregiver lap. The bell ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. with the solemn luminaria ceremony beginning at 10:30 p.m.
A Hearts for Heather event will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to benefit Heather Bunn, a two-time breast cancer survivor and wife of Milner police chief Lamar Bunn.
For more information, call 678.572.7723.
The Lamar County Dugout Club is hosting its 20th annual Boston Butt fundraiser just in time for Thanksgiving. Ten-pound butts cooked and wrapped are $45. Those cooked and panned are $50.
Pickup dates are Nov. 18 and 19 from 4-6 p.m. at Aldora Field. For more information, call Mike Oberg at 770.880.7705.
Gordon State College and Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta have joined in a formal partnership agreement at the Barnesville campus to create an education pipeline to support CIS of Atlanta alumni. The agreement signing…
The #8 Lamar County Trojans (7-2, 2-0) routed the Crawford County Eagles (0-2,1-8) in a region match-up Friday night in Roberta.
Realtime scoring from the sidelines.
9:12 1st: LC 8 CC 0: Kenya Barnes 11-yard TD run. Terry Welch run for PAT.
0:16.1 1st: LC 14 CC 0: Barnes 3-yard TD run. PAT failed.
4:11 2nd: LC 21 CC 0: Qua Hughley 4-yard TD run. Caleb Miller PAT.
0:44.7 2nd: LC 29 CC 0: Jordan Glover 13-yard TD run. Welch run for two pointer.
4:56 3rd: LC 36 CC 0: Caleb Laster 65-yard TD run. Joe Davis PAT.
0:57.7 3rd: LC 43 CC 0: Ty Head 2-yard TD run. Davis PAT.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
SCORES OF INTEREST:
Heard Co. 43 Temple 29
Mary Persons 15 Upson-Lee 0