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Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564 Departmental Website: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Biographical Info

Victor K. Wilson is Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. With almost four decades of experience in higher education administration and student affairs, he has served as a strong advocate for students and student development, particularly the inclusion and success of students from historically underrepresented groups.

Wilson has authored numerous scholarly articles and given presentations on issues of race, ethics, crisis management, and staff development in higher education. He has held leadership roles in several national organizations, including the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He also serves on several boards including the National Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and on the Boards of Directors for the St. Mary’s Health Care System, Athens Academy, and the Red Cross of Northeast Georgia.

At UGA, Wilson oversees a Student Affairs division of 16 departments and 600 staff members dedicated to enrich student learning and support student development and growth. Wilson received both his bachelor’s degree in Social Work and master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia.

A trained vocalist, he enjoys music of all types, college football, reading, and has a keen interest in U.S. presidential history.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Dean of Students
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-7774

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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. 

 

Categories: Office of the Dean of Students, Sa 2025 Plan - Executive Resource Team Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Associate Vice President UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 350A Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564

Biographical Info

Eric Atkinson serves as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is responsible for overseeing the departments of Greek Life, Student Conduct, and University Housing.  He is also a member of the University’s Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC) and co-teaches a First Year Odyssey (FYO) seminar with President Morehead.

Eric received his undergraduate degree from Troy State University in Alabama and earned M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia. He has worked in UGA’s Division of Student Affairs since 1999.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sa 2025 Plan - Executive Resource Team Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Associate Vice President UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564

Biographical Info

As the Associate Vice President for Finance and Risk Management, I work closely with the Vice President and serve as a member of the leadership team for the Division. I am the chief fiscal officer and risk advisor for the Division of Student Affairs. My stewardship responsibilities include fiscal and compliance matters, including financial accounting and reporting; HR/personnel actions; EO compliance; payroll; financial management systems; and fund management (state appropriated, auxiliary operations, student activity fee accounts and UGA Foundation funds). Additionally, I serve on several campus-wide committees: Student Technology Fee Committee, All- Campus Student Fee Allocations, and Major Repair and Rehabilitation (MRR). I also serve as the Division’s Return to Work Coordinator.

I received a B.S. and a M.S. in Accounting from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After working as a C.P.A. in Atlanta for two years, I attended The University of Georgia School of Law, where I received my Juris Doctor. Prior to working in the OVPSA, I worked as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Chattanooga, Tennessee and as an Assistant Director for Legal Affairs in the UGA Office of Legal Affairs.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, SA 2025 Plan - Advising Model Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Associate Vice President for Student Well-being and Interim Executive Director of the University Health Center UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-7774

Biographical Info

Beau Seagraves serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Well-being within the Division of Students Affairs.

In addition to leading the campus-wide Well-being Resources initiative, as associate vice president, Beau directly supervises five departments, including the University Health Center, Student Care and Outreach, Recreational Sports, the Disability Resource Center and University Testing Services.  He serves on the university’s Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC) and has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Mary Frances Early College of Education.

He previously worked in the residence life departments of Furman University and Presbyterian College before coming to UGA as a doctoral intern in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Since then, he has served the university in a number of roles, including assistant dean for Student Support Services, associate director for Student Conduct, assistant dean of students, and associate dean of students and director of Student Care and Outreach.

Beau is an alumnus of the University of Georgia, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy in counseling and student personnel services. He also holds a Master of Education in counselor education from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Furman University.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sa 2025 Plan - Executive Resource Team Members, Sa 2025 Plan - Initiative Leads Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team, UHC Administration, University Health Center
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Associate Vice President UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens Ga 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564

Biographical Info

Smith provides strategic leadership to support UGA and the Division of Student Affairs in effectively addressing the needs of UGA’s increasingly diverse student population, championing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the student experience. As associate vice president, he directly supervises three departments within Student Affairs: International Student Life, the Pride Center, and Multicultural Services and Programs. Smith reports directly to the vice president for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the senior administrative and leadership teams for the Division of Student Affairs.

Categories: International Student Life, Multicultural Services and Programs, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Senior Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Student Experience
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564

Biographical Info

Dr. Michele Howard serves as Senior Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Student Experience. She also serves as the co-chair for the Council on the First Year Experience and coordinates the Minor in College Student Affairs Administration for Student Affairs.

Michele earned her Bachelor of Science in mathematics education and Master of Education in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina and her Doctor of Education in leadership studies in higher education from the University of Tennessee. She joined the UGA Student Affairs team in May 2016.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sa 2025 Plan - Initiative Leads Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 207 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3028
Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-1793 Departmental Website: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Biographical Info

As assistant to the vice president for student affairs, Stan represents and promotes the Division of Student Affairs by increasing its visibility and creating a consistent brand for the Division, provides new and enhanced digital service and content delivery to students, oversees the coordination of division information technology initiatives, and supports the institution’s mission, vision, and goals. He also leads, consults, and advises collaborative division teams in the areas of communications, digital engagement, and information technology to bring together information, leverage technologies, and create a cohesive and creative approach to engaging and serving students digitally.

He is a member of the vice president’s office staff, serves on the leadership team for the division, and is a member of the University’s Core Strategic Communications group. In addition, he provides staff support for various initiatives and division-wide projects, and has served on several campus-wide program design and strategy committees. He also supports the Vice President for Student Affairs with the student conduct appellate process.

Stan’s professional background includes nearly 15 years in university administration and higher education communications, including serving on the staffs of the Division of Student Affairs, the UGA Alumni Association, UGA’s Department of Financial Services and the UGA Griffin Campus. Previous to his work in higher education, he worked for the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, Inlingua International and the Verona International Program.

Stan has previously served on the 1919 Society of the Piedmont Athens Regional Health System, as well as the boards of Hands On Northeast Georgia and the Georgia Children’s Chorus. He is a graduate of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Oconee program and is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2020-2021.

Stan holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in higher education administration, both from the University of Georgia. He is currently a PhD candidate in higher education from UGA’s McBee Institute of Higher Education. He and his wife, Angel, live in Watkinsville with their son, Conner, and daughter, Laura Claire. He has been a member of the Student Affairs team since 2013.

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, SA 2025 Plan - Communications Members, Sa 2025 Plan - Data Members, Sa 2025 Plan - Initiative Leads Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 306 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-3564 Departmental Website: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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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

Biographical Info

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.

Categories: Office of the Dean of Students, Sa 2025 Plan - Initiative Leads Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Tate Student Center
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Director of the Disability Resource Center UGA Student AffairsDisability Resource Center / University Testing Services
Work 114 Clark Howell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8719

Biographical Info

As the Director of the Disability Resource Center, Erin leads the university’s commitment to educate and serve students with disabilities, ensuring equal educational opportunities as required by the ADA and other legislation. The Disability Resource Center works with students to determine appropriate academic accommodations and houses the Test Accommodations Office for onsite classroom testing and Alternative Media Services, which converts required printed material into accessible formats for students with reading disabilities.

Erin has two degrees from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Public Administration and Policy. She spent most of her undergraduate years at UGA as a student disc jockey for the WUOG 90.5 radio station. Erin initially joined the staff of the Disability Resource Center in 2015 as a senior disability services coordinator and has served as director since 2018. Previously, she served more than nine years in Student Affairs at the University of North Georgia Oconee Campus, including seven years working directly with students with disabilities.

Categories: Disability Resource Center, Student Affairs Leadership Team, University Testing Services
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Executive Director of University Housing UGA Student AffairsUniversity Housing
Work Russell Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8318

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Kasper brings more than 20 years of experience in University Housing. She previously served as executive director of residential education at the University of South Florida, director of residential education and associate director of University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University, and assistant director for residential education at the University of Arizona.

At South Florida, Kasper oversaw the implementation of a residential curriculum that contributed to increase USF’s overall persistence rate to record highs. She also served as interim chief housing officer, supervising facilities, operations and outreach, and budget and finance.

Her professional associations include being elected to serve as Residence Education Director for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) and past service as co-chair and faculty for the annual ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute, as well as faculty chair for the National Housing Training Institute.

Kasper earned her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her bachelor of science in public relations with a minor in broadcasting from Northern Michigan University.

Categories: Sa 2025 Plan - Executive Resource Team Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Director for Student Conduct UGA Student AffairsStudent Conduct
Work 247 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-1131

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Barrett Malone serves as Director for the Office of Student Conduct and is responsible for planning, implementation, evaluation and oversight of the University’s student conduct system. The Office of Student Conduct receives all complaints regarding possible infractions of conduct regulations; schedules all University judicial hearings; coordinates and monitors all appeals; maintains student disciplinary records; and recruits, trains, and advises the University Judiciary.

A two-time graduate of UGA, Barrett received his B.B.A. from the Terry College of Business and earned his J.D. from The University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to assuming his current role, Barrett worked in the sports communications office of the University of Georgia Athletic Association, and after graduating from law school, entered the private practice of law for several years before returning to his alma mater.

Categories: Student Affairs Leadership Team, Student Conduct
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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.

Categories: Office of the Dean of Students, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Student Transitions
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Senior Director of Development UGA Student AffairsOffice of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Work 238 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-2623

Biographical Info

Student Affairs is comprised of 18 departments that provide incredible programs, services and scholarships to our diverse student population. Many of our initiatives are made possible by the generous gifts from alumni, foundations and friends of the university. As the senior director of development, I serve as the chief fundraising officer for the vice president and our department directors and colleagues, and I partner with them to ensure their priorities are financially solvent through private and annual giving.

I graduated from the university in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History, and I proudly proclaim myself a product of the programs and services supported by Student Affairs. Without them, I would not have been prepared to achieve post-graduate success. I am honored and tremendously excited to be back at my beloved Alma Mater, and look forward to establishing many new relationships with folks who share my enthusiasm and appreciation for Student Affairs!

Categories: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Director of Student Veterans Resource Center UGA Student AffairsStudent Veterans Resource Center
Work Phone: 706-542-9692

Biographical Info

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.

Categories: Office of the Dean of Students, Student Affairs Leadership Team, Student Veterans Resource Center
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Director of Student Care and Outreach Student Care and Outreach
Work 325 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-7774

Biographical Info

Carrie Smith serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Care & Outreach, providing individualized support and assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances. She oversees general case management within Student Care & Outreach. Additionally, Carrie provides trainings and informational sessions to campus and community partners about working with students of concern and the role of Student Care & Outreach. Carrie also serves as a member of the university’s Behavioral Assessment and Response Council (BARC).

Carrie received a B.B.A. in Marketing from Mississippi State University, an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi, and she holds a Ph.D. in College and Student Personnel Services from UGA. She worked in corporate public relations at Fleishman-Hillard before returning to the field of education to serve as the Assistant Director of Admissions at The Browning School. Prior to coming to UGA, Carrie worked with graduate admissions, scholarship programming, and athletics at the University of Mississippi. She served as the Student Affairs Case Manager before this position.

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Interim Director of the Pride Center Student AffairsMulticultural Services and Programs
Work 404 Memorial Hall Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-5773

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John Alvarez Turner is the Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs. John’s professional background in the field of Education spans over fifteen years in K-12, corporate training, and higher education. Prior to UGA, John served as the Associate Director for Hispanic Outreach, Student Success Instructor, Manager of the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture, and Academic Advisor at The University of Akron as well as a Commissioner on the Civil Rights Commission for the City of Akron, Ohio. He also proudly worked as a Middle School ESL Social Studies Teacher for 7 years.

At UGA, John is responsible for providing leadership with regard to planning, advising, developing and implementing a variety of programs, educational offerings, and trainings that focuses on providing opportunities that promote diversity, equity and inclusion, multicultural education and awareness, and intercultural engagement that also honors intersections of identity for the office of Multicultural Services and Programs.

John holds a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from The University of Akron and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Central Florida. John joined UGA Multicultural Services and Programs in this role in 2018.

John is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education in Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Georgia

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Director of Greek Life UGA Student AffairsGreek Life
Work 153 Tate Student Center Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-4612

Biographical Info

As the director of Greek Life, Joshua is responsible for strategic oversight of Greek Life Office operations and leads a team of talented professionals who work to create meaningful fraternity and sorority experiences for the 7500+ students involved in the Greek community. Through his personal and professional experiences, Joshua has come to believe that the fraternity and sorority experience, rooted in values, uniquely equips students to become impactful and multifaceted leaders.

Prior to arriving at UGA in spring 2020, Joshua served as the associate director of fraternity and sorority life at North Carolina State University where he oversaw fraternity and sorority housing initiatives, alcohol and other drug prevention education for the department, and as a liaison to alumni advisors and house corporations and the department. Over the past 12 years of his career in higher education, Joshua has worked at a variety of institutional types, including campus and headquarters-based positions. 

Joshua’s professional involvement includes volunteer roles in the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors where he has served as a representative to the Nominating & Election Committee and the Professional Development Committee exploring core competencies of the profession for fraternity and sorority advisors. He is a 2020 Recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. 

 Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master of Education with a specialization in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University.

Categories: Greek Life, SA 2025 Plan - Advising Model Members, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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Director of Recreational Sports
Work 201 Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-5060

Biographical Info

Keith Wenrich leads the Department of Recreational Sports, serves on the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs and reports directly to the associate vice president for student affairs. He is responsible for the operations of all recreational facilities including the Ramsey Student Center, Pound/Wheeler Gym on the health science campus, Rec Sports complex, Club Sports complex, the Lake Herrick Pavilion, and the Challenge Course in the Oconee Forrest. Keith leads a team of 29 professionals, 10 graduate assistants and more than 550 student employees.

Keith received his undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University in business administration and his M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in sports administration. He has worked in UGA’s Division of Student Affairs since 2007 and has worked in higher education for 25 years.

Categories: Recreational Sports, Student Affairs Leadership Team
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