SWAINSBORO, Ga. – Dr. Jeff Edgens, assistant professor of political science at East Georgia State College – Statesboro, has been named director of East Georgia State College – Augusta, a new instructional site at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, which received approval earlier this month from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The program will enroll its first students in the fall.
“Dr. Edgens brings a considerable background of educational service and leadership to the role,” EGSC President Bob Boehmer said. “He has served in administrative and community outreach roles at extension campuses in Michigan, Kentucky and Georgia.”
“I am confident that Dr. Edgens will serve our student population in Augusta well,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “As we work to promote the statewide Complete College Georgia goals through a continued commitment to access for Augusta areas students, Dr. Edgen’s administrative experience with East Georgia State College will be a valuable asset for our university and for our community.”
EGSC students can take classes on GRU’s Summerville campus, and following the completion of 30 credit hours in the program, those with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher will have an opportunity to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at GRU or another institution.
“We expect rapid future growth at East Georgia State College – Augusta, with more degree and certificate options, as well as flexible scheduling and course delivery,” Edgens said. “Community outreach is very important to us and soon we will implement an advisory board composed of business and political leaders, alumni, students and representatives from GRU to provide input on new academic programs in Augusta, fostering economic development.”
"East Georgia State College is excited for the opportunity to play a role in the continued growth and vitality of the Augusta region,” added Boehmer. “The experience gained from the many years of providing access to higher education in Swainsboro and Statesboro make this collaboration with Georgia Regents University an excellent way to meet a critical regional need.”
A native Georgian and former elected city councilman, Edgens earned a doctorate degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, and a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College.
EGSC’s mission is to provide access to higher education. Since 1973, the college has been carrying out that mission in Swainsboro, and in 1997, EGSC expanded to Statesboro.
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