On Saturday, December 12, 2015, East Georgia State College will hold their 53rd Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at EGSC, will give the Commencement Address.
Dr. Cheek received his bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University, his M.Div. from Duke University, his M.P.A. from Western Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.
He previously served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of North Georgia (Gainesville State College); as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Athens State University in Alabama; and Vice-President for College Advancement and Professor of Political Science at Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Ga. Dr. Cheek taught at Brewton-Parker College from 1997-2000 and from 2005-2009. In 2000, 2006, and 2007, the student body of Brewton-Parker College selected Cheek as Professor of the Year; and, in 2008, the Jordon Excellence in Teaching was bestowed upon him by the College's faculty and administration. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Cheek served as Associate Professor of Political Science at Lee University. In 2002, Dr. Cheek was given Lee University’s Excellence in Scholarship award; and in 2004, he received Lee University's Excellence in Advising award. In 2008, Western Carolina University presented Dr. Cheek with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic and Professional Achievement.
He has also been a congressional aide and a political consultant. Dr. Cheek's books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004); an edition of Calhoun's A Disquisition on Government (St. Augustine's, 2007); a critical edition of W. H. Mallock's The Limits of Pure Democracy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2007); Confronting Modernity: Towards a Theology of Ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition (Wesley Studies Society, 2010; reprinted, 2012); an edition of the classic study, A Theory of Public Opinion (Transaction/Rutgers, 2013); Patrick Henry-Onslow: Liberty and Republicanism in American Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2013); and, a major new study of the origins of the American political system, The Founding of the American Republic (Bloomsbury, 2017). He has also published dozens of scholarly articles in academic publications, and is a regular commentator on American politics and religion. Dr. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson (I.S.I. Books), and a book on Patrick Henry's constitutionalism and political theory. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Humanitas, The Political Science Reviewer, Anamnesis, and The University Bookman, as a Senior Fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute, and as a Fellow of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters (elected). Cheek has been a Fellow of the Wilbur Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, the Center for Judicial Studies, and the Center for International Media Studies. He is a senior minister in the United Methodist Church, and a former U.S Army chaplain. Dr. Cheek lives in Vidalia, Ga., with his wife, Kathy B. Cheek, a teacher of dance and yoga, and their cats, Gina and Mr. Macavity.
Also speaking will be Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, Chair of the Department of Biology. He will serve as the alumni representative during the Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Wedincamp graduated with his associates degree from EGSC in 1988, then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Georgia Southern University. He earned his Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University. He served in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served in the United States Army Reserve Medical Services Corps since 1998. Dr. Wedincamp is a member of the Georgia Entomological Society, Georgia Academy of Science, the Altamaha River Keeper Association, Entomological Society of America and the Ogeechee River Valley Association. The Entomology Society of America recognizes Dr. Wedincamp as a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) with a specialty in Medical and Veterinary Entomology.
Dr. Wedincamp has authored numerous publications and, in 2012, was named Distinguished Faculty of the Year in the Mathematics and Sciences Division of East Georgia State College. In 2013, he was recognized with the Georgia Southern University Department of Biology Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Following the Commencement Ceremony, a reception will be held in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall at East Georgia State College.