Georgia Mathews-Beasley has been named the director of retention at East Georgia State College. Beasley is taking on this new role, but she is not a new face to EGSC. She has worked at EGSC for almost ten years. Before being placed in her new role, she was the Director of Admissions.
As the director of retention, Georgia will be responsible for providing leadership in the coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of retention initiatives. Reporting to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, she will work closely with faculty and staff to design and implement initiatives to improve retention rates. This role is also responsible for performing research and evaluation of institutional procedures, guidelines, and policies to determine if they create barriers that inhibit retention and success. Georgia plans to foster collaborative partnerships with units across the institution with the primary goal of cultivating a culture that embraces retention and student success as an institutional beacon and a shared responsibility.
“East Georgia State College is very fortunate to have the talents that Georgia brings to this position. said Dr. Sandra Sharman, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “Her enthusiasm and genuine care for our students will benefit them in many important ways. I have seen Georgia interacting with students and I am certain that she will ably continue to bring a higher level of student service to the College.”
Georgia received her associate degree from East Georgia State College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ashford University. She continued her education and received a Master of Organizational Management from Ashford University.
“I wanted to get a bachelor’s degree after working as an administrative secretary at an institution and hearing horror stories about advisement to become an advisor,” said Georgia. “I feel as if I have come full circle with the reason I got a degree and look forward to expanding my knowledge and building a network to assist our students in being academically successful.”
“East Georgia State College is proud to appoint Georgia Beasley as our Director of Retention. One of the most formidable challenges in higher education today is the finding ways to assure that higher rates of students complete college,” said EGSC’s President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “Georgia is uniquely suited to lead this critical effort at EGSC. She has served as EGSC’s Director of Admissions and has been a passionate advocate for student success for many years. She will be a model for students in this role, having earned her associate degree at EGSC and then going on to earn her bachelors and masters degrees. Georgia believes strongly in our students and in the importance of a college education in the achievement of their dreams. I am confident that the result will be that more of these students will successfully complete their EGSC degree.”
Georgia said she looks forward to working with EGSC faculty, staff, and students to increase the number of students who graduate or successfully transfer to a larger university from EGSC. She will also work to encourage students to continue their college career and to not give up.
“I believe that the only failure is giving up, so I am being placed in a position to motivate students not to give up on their dreams,” said Georgia.