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Office of the Dean of Students
325 Tate Student Center
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7774 | dosadmin@uga.edu

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Dean of Students
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-7774

Biographical Info

Bill McDonald became Dean of Students at UGA in January 2011.  He is known as a strong student advocate who meets with student groups and individual students on a daily basis. 

McDonald supports four departments, including Engagement, Leadership, and Service, the Student Veterans Resource Center, the Tate Student Center (including UGA’s Freedom of Expression Policy), and Student Transitions. Additional responsibilities include advising the Student Government Association, serving as the Chair of the Behavioral Assessment and Response Council, serving as the designated Sexual Assault Appeals Hearing Officer, and the Student Affairs Divisional Liaison to the Campus Ministry Association. McDonald also maintains Graduate Faculty status in the Mary Frances Early College of Education. 

McDonald has 41 years of experience at colleges and universities throughout the southeast. He has held elected and appointed leadership positions within the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs. Author of dozens of publications in higher education journals with a focus on model partnerships between academic and student affairs, assessing student perceptions of community, building campus community, diversity and inclusion, and ethical decision making. 

Active in community service, McDonald currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Truist. Prior activities include serving on the National Campus Advisory Committee for the College Diabetes Network, as a Clark County Mentor, the Vice Chair of the Athens Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, Deacon at First Baptist Church in Athens, participating and graduating from LEAD Athens and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. 

McDonald received an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

 

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Director of Student Veterans Resource Center UGA Student AffairsStudent Veterans Resource Center
Work Phone: 706-542-9692

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Jon is the Director of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) and has been in this position since July, 2021. He is a retired Army officer and a veteran of four combat tours in the Middle East plus operational deployments in Panama, Japan and South Korea. Jon is also a retired K-12 educator in the state of Alabama with service as a high school teacher, an assistant principal, a career and technical education director and as a superintendent.

Jon holds a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of North Georgia, a master’s of adult education from Kansas State University, and a doctorate of education from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the National Defense University.

As the SVRC Director, Jon serves as the faculty sponsor of the UGA Student Veterans Association and Chair Elect of the national Council on Military Transition to Education.

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Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-7774

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Jan Davis Barham is Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center. She is responsible for managing the operations of Tate to include facility services, Campus Reservations Events and Technical Services, Print & Copy Services, the UGA Card Office, the UGA Chapel, and the Center for Student Activities & Involvement, which administers the Student Government Association, University Union Student Programming Board, Pandora Yearbook, WUOG 90.5FM, the Graduate Student Association, and over 800 registered student organizations. Jan also oversees the Freedom of Expression Policy for the University of Georgia and serves as a member of the Behavioral Response Team.

Jan received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2004, her master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1994. She has served as a Graduate Faculty member in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia for the last seven years. Jan has authored several published articles including Increasing Accountability in Student Affairs Through a New Comprehensive Assessment Model, and most recently co-edited a book, A Practitioners Guide to Assessment.

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Director of Student Transitions Student AffairsStudent Transitions
Work Phone: 706-542-7774

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Nicole McConnell is the Director of Student Transitions (ST) where she leads a staff in the endeavor of supporting students during their key times of transition at UGA. The department of Student Transitions works to connect students to on-campus resources that will help them learn strategies to effectively navigate their collegiate experience. The ST portfolio includes Dawg Camp, Welcome UGA, and transition leaders as various transition programming opportunities.

Joining the University of Georgia in 2017, Nicole worked as the Assistant Director of Student Activities which included overseeing student activities and the programming board, first-year and transfer student experience initiatives, and the homecoming committee. Over the course of her career, she has planned, executed, or consulted on tons of events including those with an attendance of nearly 7,000. Previously, she served three and a half years in Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, working in residential life and housing.

Nicole holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering technology from Kennesaw State University (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University). She is currently pursuing her Ed.D from UGA’s Student Affairs Leadership program. Her research and professional interest areas include supervision, student involvement, biracial/multiracial student experience, and support of students in transition.

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Associate Director of the Tate Student Center for Facilities & Operations Tate Student Center for Facilities & Operations
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-583-0644
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Assistant Director for Facilities & Operations
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Administrative Associate I Office of the Dean of Students
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Senior Coordinator Student AffairsStudent Transitions
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Student Staff -Reception and Customer Service Office of the Dean of StudentsOffice of the Dean of Students
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Business Manager Student AffairsEngagement, Leadership, and Service
Work 102 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-6396
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Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Communications
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Office Manager/Administrative Manager I/Student Ombudsperson
Work 320 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8544
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Senior Coordinator for Facilities & Operations
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-4293
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Student Staff – Reception and Customer Service
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Office of the Dean of Students
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Assistant Director Student AffairsStudent Transitions
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Student Staff -Reception and Customer Service Office of the Dean of Students
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Student Staff – Reception and Customer Service
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Student Media Coordinator
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Senior Coordinator Student AffairsStudent Transitions
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Student Staff – Reception and Customer Service
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