On Saturday, December 10, 2016, East Georgia State College will hold their Fall Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Professor Randolph S. Carter, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at EGSC, will give the Commencement Address.
Carter received his bachelor’s degree from M.U.W. in Columbus, Miss. He went on to earn his Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University and did doctoral work in Political Science at the University of Alabama.
He began his career in education at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. as an instructor of American Government, and went on to teach at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Gainesville College in Gainesville, Ga., Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., and South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. as an instructor of American Government and Political Science. He then went on to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., as an instructor of geopolitics at the Center for Talented Youth Carlisle, Penn. He joined East Georgia College in 2000 as an instructor of American Government and, in 2010, was named an Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Carter is a member of the Georgia Political Science Association, American Association of Political Scientists, American Society for Public Administration and the Institute for Humane Studies. He has presented papers on A Framework for Understanding the Processes Associated with the American Political System (Georgia Political Science Association, Savannah, November 2014), Five Models of Rationality and Policy Prescriptions for the Keystone XL Pipeline (Georgia Political Science Assocation, Savannah, November 2015), and Stockholm Syndrome in Public Bureaucracies (Georgia Political Science Association, Savannah, November 2016). He has also worked on a paper for POLS 1100 (American Government) entitled The Six P Words to Explain How Government Functions or Fails to Do So (Power, Politics, Party, Public Policy, Public Option, Public Program.)
Also speaking will be Tabithia Ross, Registrar at EGSC. She will serve as the alumni representative during the Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Ross began her career with East Georgia State College as a Records Coordinator in the Registrar’s Office in September 2007, and was promoted to the Records Coordinator II shortly after. Having a short detour from the Registrar’s Office to serve as the administrative assistant to the Athletics Director and a coordinator for the Academic Center for Excellence Tutoring Center in Statesboro, she returned to the Registrar’s Office in August 2015 as the Assistant Registrar. Ross began serving the institution in her current role as Registrar in June of this year.
She has an Associate of Arts degree from East Georgia College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Ross will complete her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration in Summer 2017. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Swainsboro and have two daughters (Sierra and Madison) and two dogs (Tebow and Bella).
Speaking on behalf of the student body will be Student Government Association Vice President Akira Sutton. She is a sophomore English major and plans to graduate in May and become an editor or research writer.
Following the commencement ceremony, a reception will be held in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall at East Georgia State College.