On December 1, 2020, East Georgia State College welcomed Dr. Dawn H. Cartee as the appointed interim president of the college. She was appointed the interim president after Dr. Bob Boehmer announced his retirement from the position.
“I am honored to be chosen as the interim president at such an incredible institution,” said Dr. Cartee. “I look forward to working alongside the great students, faculty, staff and community to continue the wonderful things East Georgia State College is doing. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the future of this college.”
Dr. Cartee has extensive higher education experience in Georgia, serving in key leadership positions at three institutions over a nearly 30-year career.
She most recently served as director of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel. In that role she initiated a strategic planning process resulting in the first strategic plan for the Georgia Center since 2009. Dr. Cartee also sought and secured $15 million to fund an extensive facilities renovation project of the interior and exterior of the Georgia Center.
Prior to leading the Georgia Center, Dr. Cartee led the reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for two different institutions while she served as president of Ogeechee Technical College and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Technical College.
Under Dr. Cartee’s leadership as president, Ogeechee earned Technical College of the Year honors twice, in 2015 and 2011. Ogeechee was cited for achieving the highest graduation rate in the system, the largest growth in high school enrollment, increased overall student enrollment, higher than average retention, high performance on adult education postsecondary entrance goals, superb licensure pass rate among graduates, and continued strong delivery of specialized workforce training.
Dr. Cartee earned four degrees from Georgia Southern University: an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, an M.Ed. in Adult Education and a BBA in marketing.