PRESIDENT BROOKS A. KEEL, Ph.D.
Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D., has served as the 12th president of Georgia Southern University since January 1, 2010 and is committed to ensuring that the University maintains its standard of excellence as it prepares students for their future.
As the executive head of the institution, he is devoted to advancing the University’s mission, values and goals and to promoting Georgia Southern’s student-centered approach to education. He oversees eight colleges with a student body of more than 20,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and has oversight over academic affairs, student affairs, legal affairs, athletics, finances, government relations and community engagement, information technology, research and economic development, University Advancement and many other offices and divisions.
Keel is the principal voice of Georgia Southern and represents it to the State of Georgia, the United States and the global community. He presides at University events, participates in fundraising, and meets with alumni, friends and supporters. The president is responsible to the University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Office for the operation and management of Georgia Southern.
Since joining Georgia Southern, Keel has focused on expanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities whether through research, creative or community-based educational experiences, while raising the University’s national profile in both academics and athletics.
During his tenure, the University has launched the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT), which combines high-demand degree programs in engineering and IT to meet the training needs of the state, region and country. Other initiatives include the new asphalt research lab within CEIT, (the only one of its kind at a university in Georgia). There is also the new Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education (I2STEMe) that supports thematic grant writing, research and outreach in K-20 teaching and learning, with a focus on rural, diverse, low socioeconomic status and underrepresented populations. The state of Georgia also transferred management of the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center – a world-leader in materials research and product development – to Georgia Southern.
Under Keel’s leadership, expansion on campus has continued with several new state-of-the-art buildings, which include the Biological Sciences building, Dining Commons, the renovated Lakeside Dining Commons, the renovation of the Sanford residence hall as the new home of the Communication Arts Department, a Football Operations Center and additional seating at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. He has also opened the Georgia Southern University Golf Course, located on 167 acres approximately six miles from campus and won approval for a $9.5 million Military Science Building, a $10 million health facility and the new $5.8 million Shooting Sports Education Center, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The 30,000-square-foot facility – and home to the women’s rifle team – is designed to include a public indoor archery and firing ranges as well as an outdoor archery range. A recent purchase of 208 acres on the southern boundary of campus will allow for expansion of the entire campus over the next several decades.
As the University’s head cheerleader, President Keel also announced that Georgia Southern University had accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 and The Eagles football team would move to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
A native Georgian, Keel was born, raised and educated in Augusta, and returned to his home state to lead Georgia Southern University with significant experience in the top ranks of academia, research and economic development. Prior to his arrival at Georgia Southern, Keel served as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and professor of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. From 2002 to 2006, he was a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and associate Vice President for Research at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Keel earned his Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia in 1982 and a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Augusta College (now Georgia Regents University) in 1978. He has completed postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Vermillion.
He is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, among others. Keel has served on numerous boards related to his discipline, including the American Board of Bioanalysis, the American Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry, the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Executive Committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of APLU.
Dr. Keel is married to Dr. Tammie Schalue, an accomplished scientist and scholar. Both are certified SCUBA diving instructors.
Dr. Keel has held several key positions in higher education:
- Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at Louisiana State University
- Associate Vice President for Research, Vice President of the Research Foundation and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Florida State University
- Tenured professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (UKSM-W)
- Associate Dean for Research at the UKSM-W
Scholarship and Teaching
Throughout his career, President Keel has led numerous research and economic initiatives and activities:
- Basic research focuses on the control of cellular growth and development of reproductive tissues
- He has authored 65 peer reviewed scientific publications, 78 peer reviewed abstracts, 19 book chapters and edited four books in the area of reproductive medicine and biology.
- Served as PI or Co-PI on externally funded grants and contracts totaling over $26 million.
- Coordinated the work of more than 1,300 faculty involved in approximately 2,000 research projects at Louisiana State University (LSU)
- Oversaw the areas of LSU’s budget that dealt with $156 million in externally funded grants and programs
- Established the Women’s Research Institute and the Reproductive Medicine Laboratories at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
- The first recipient of the Daniel K. Roberts Distinguished Professorship, an endowed chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UKSM-W
BOARDS AND SERVICE
President Keel has served in various professional organizations and societies, which include:
- Board of Directors of the American Board of Bioanalysis (currently Chair)
- Scientific Advisory Board of the AAB Proficiency Testing Program
- Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee
- Society for Gynecologic Investigation
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- Society for the Study of Reproduction
- The Endocrine Society
“I pledge to you our continued commitment to make Georgia Southern an even more vibrant, respected, nationally recognized university – one you will always be proud to call our alma mater.”
Brooks A. Keel
Georgia Southern University President