East Georgia State College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah Vess, recently announced several changes in the Department of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Tori Kearns will step in as Interim Assistant Director of the Office of Counseling and Disability services and will fulfill needs on the EGSC-Statesboro campus for ten hours a week during the fall, increasing in the spring. She will assist Kenneth Englund, who is currently serving as Interim Director. Dr. Kearns has served in this role in the past, and will continue to be active in the classroom in addition to these responsibilities.
Changes were also made in the Academic Center for Excellence and Advisement. The ACE and Advisement Center are now under one supervisory structure, allowing EGSC to integrate the ACCUPLACER test prep and administration, tutoring and advisement work. This structure will create a more unified Learning Commons approach to support services.
Karen Murphree will assume the role of Interim Director of the Learning Commons. She will supervise advisors, the ACE coordinators and part-time tutors at EGSC-Statesboro. She will also supervise the Interim Assistant Director of the Learning Commons, Michael Moran, who will be on the Swainsboro Campus. Murphree will report directly to VPAA Vess and work closely with the Director of EGSC-Statesboro, Caroline Joyner.
Moran will supervise advisors, ACE coordinators and part-time tutors at EGSC-Swainsboro and will report directly to Murphree, working closely with Dr. Vess.
Dr. Deborah Kitrell-Mikell will move to EGSC-Augusta, where she will serve as Director of Academic Support Services. She will work to clarify transfer pathways for EGSC students into Augusta University through effective advisement practices and implement other initiatives related to student success and retention at EGSC-Augusta.
“This position is critical to our efforts to build enrollment at EGSC-Augusta and to ensure the success of our students there,” said Dr. Vess.
Dr. Kittrell-Mikell will report directly to Dr. Vess and work closely with the Director of EGSC-Augusta, Nick Kelch.
“It is important to note that these new titles for existing personnel do not represent new positions nor do they represent new expenditures or new funds,” clarified Dr. Vess. “Rather, they are a result of reallocation of existing resources and a reduction in the number of positions in the ACE and elsewhere created by departures.”
Dr. Vess continued, “I am very excited about the changes to the ACE and advisement. I believe these changes will have a positive impact on student success and better enable our students to progress through college, beginning with admissions and orientation and progressing through to graduation.”