At the end of May, East Georgia State College’s Associate Vice President for External Campuses, Caroline Joyner, resigned from her position. Working tirelessly since being hired as Director of EGSC’s Statesboro campus in 2004, she used her leadership skills to promote tremendous growth and enrollment changes at the campus. Despite her busy and demanding schedule, Joyner participated in USG’s Center for Leadership Excellence by completing the Executive Leadership Institute and then serving as a 2013-14 ALA Scholar in the Accelerated Leadership Academy. She also taught classes when needed, led EGSC-Statesboro through two location moves, and was an integral part in EGSC-Augusta relations with Augusta University.
Joyner was promoted to Associate Vice President for External Campuses in August of 2017 and served as a member of EGSC’s steering committee for SACS-COC reaccreditation, represented EGSC actively in the Statesboro community, and held multiple positions in the community, including serving as a board member of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee, speaking at workshops at Safe Haven, presenting at “Work It! Women Leading Women to Excellence” career conference, helping plan the Chocolate Run and serving as team captain of EGSC-Statesboro’s Relay for Life team.
“I am extremely happy that Caroline will be able to stay home, de-stress and have more time to herself,” said EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “I am saddened that EGSC will no longer have her expertise and enthusiasm to assist students through their college journey. I deeply respect, however, her decision to place herself first. Her devotion to EGSC’s mission has left an indelible mark on so many students, and she will always be part of the EGSC family.”
With Joyner’s departure, Nick Kelch, formerly Interim Director of EGSC’s Augusta campus, will step into the role of Associate Vice President for External Campuses. Kelch previously was employed as Assistant Director of Student Affairs at EGSC-Augusta since the program’s establishment in 2013, and is a well-known and respected ambassador for EGSC throughout the region. As Interim Director, he provided administrative leadership and oversight for the Augusta campus. Kelch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina – Aiken and a master’s degree from Victory Baptist Christian College. He has 10 years of higher education experience, including enrollment management positions at Aiken Technical College, University of South Carolina – Aiken and Augusta Technical College.
Taking on the role of Interim Director of the EGSC-Statesboro campus is Jessica Williamson. Formerly EGSC-Statesboro’s Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Recruiter, she has been an employee of EGSC since joining the staff as a clerk in July of 2012. She began her career at EGSC as a student, earning her Associate of Arts in Psychology in May of 2011. She was a work study employee at EGSC during her time as a student and went on to serve in the US Army National Guard from January 2010 to August 2013. She has previously served as a Public Safety Officer and Institutional Services Coordinator at EGSC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University in December of 2014 and completed her Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern this past May.
Assisting Williamson in Statesboro will be Noah Kamsler, who will assume the role of Interim Assistant Director of Student Affairs at EGSC-Statesboro. Kamsler has been part of the EGSC community since joining EGSC-Swainsboro’s staff as an Admissions Recruiter in 2015. He became Institutional Services Coordinator at EGSC – Statesboro in 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication with emphasis in Strategic Communication in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
After the completion of the Fall 2018 semester, a search will be conducted in the Spring for a permanent Director and Assistant Director in Statesboro.
“I want to express my gratitude for [everyone’s] dedication to EGSC’s mission,” said Dr. Boehmer. “The work we perform as an open access institution is not easy by any measure. However, the students we are called to serve—those who are often first-generation, academically less prepared, and socioeconomically disadvantaged—represent the greatest untapped potential for having the course of their lives changed for generations to come. We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to share what is possible through a college education.”