Dr. Brooks A. Keel
Welcome to the Greatest University in America
Like all schools, Georgia Southern University is measured in time. We often speak of semesters, or seasons: fall, spring, summer. Most importantly, as an integral member of the University System of Georgia, we are measured by our students. They are the ones who lend their energy and voices to help build a stronger and better Eagle Nation.
I remember first arriving on campus as president in 2010. I remember walking around Sweetheart Circle, where so many memories have been made and friendships forged. In the winding paths and tree-lined streets and in the faces of our faculty, staff and students, I could see where Georgia Southern University had come and a vision of where we were headed. Deep-rooted in history, I could see the passage of time, from our humble beginnings as Georgia Teachers College to Georgia Southern College to University status in 1990.
Georgia Southern remains singularly focused on student success. I see it every day – from the professors who take the extra time to collaborate on research to the advising staff who carefully guide and support our students. Mentoring is embedded into our culture. That’s just one of the qualities that makes Southern unique. Not simply a tagline, our large scale, small feel university exudes a family atmosphere. Yet our eight colleges, which includes a graduate school, as well as the Center for International Studies offer a program mix consistent with much larger universities. Our campus includes an 825-seat Performing Arts Center, a Planetarium, a wildlife center, the Georgia Southern University Museum, the Herty Advanced Material Development Center, as well as the new 1,100-seat Dining Commons, and RAC (Recreation Activity Center), a state-of-the-art recreational center and the first LEED-certified building on campus.
Although the University has tremendous facilities, our commitment to students provides a personalized education. The University offers bachelor, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. And education does not stop in the classroom. Georgia Southern is a place where a nursing major can play Division I FBS football. As a new member of the Sun Belt Conference, our athletics programs continue to take their place on the national stage. It’s also a place where, during spring break, you are likely to find our students helping disabled adults at Camp Twin Lakes rather than lying on a beach or relaxing poolside.
With a commitment to excellence, our vision is to become recognized for being relentlessly focused on learning outcomes, solving today’s greatest educational challenges, providing curious students a hands-on learning experience, and bringing fresh and pragmatic thinking to the problems facing the real world. As a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, Georgia Southern serves more than 20,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing all ages as well as many nationalities, ethnicities and races, including men and women from 48 states and nearly 90 different countries.
We’d love to share our past, present and future with you. I encourage you to explore our redesigned website, take a virtual tour, and then stop by in person to visit our most beautiful campus, home of the Greatest University in America. Time is what we are bound by, but memories and dreams are what we are made of.
To all of Georgia and beyond: Go Eagles!
President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D.