Strategic Planning
Georgia Southern University

Why We’re Involved

“To realize its expanded potential, the new University needs a broad-based conversation to answer the question, ‘Who are we now?’ I’m involved because I believe a participatory strategic planning process will help all of us answer this question.”

– Julie Gerbsch
Co-Chair, University Strategic Planning Committee
Executive Director of Development

“The strategic planning process is empowering and allows everyone in the University community to help envision the future of Georgia Southern.”

– Helen W. Bland, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, University Strategic Planning Committee
Professor of Health Policy & Community Health

“I’m involved because the strategic planning process allows the Georgia Southern community to make this institution how we want it to look in the future.”

– Alisha Tolbert
Parker College of Business

“I’m involved because the Strategic Plan will provide direction for the ‘new’ Georgia Southern University and serve as a road map for the future.”

– Tabitha West
Business Manager-Academics
Office of the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

“I enjoy the opportunity to work together with colleagues, students and stakeholders. The discussion about who we are and where we want to go is energizing and unifying.”

– Mark A. Whitesel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Director for Student Advocacy

“Planning for the future is one of the most important things we can do, and I’m excited to play a part in developing our plan. A well crafted Strategic Plan communicates to all stakeholders our direction and the focus of the new Georgia Southern University.”

– Dr. Brent Feske
Associate Dean of Outreach, Planning, and Community Programs
Professor of Chemistry

“The strategic planning process is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to have a ‘voice’ in the long-term direction of the University.”

– Ashlea Anderson
Executive Director of IT Service and Delivery


“The planning our committee is doing will benefit the entire Georgia Southern community because we’re including a cross-section of campus representatives in a series of meetings and Town Hall events to get feedback from all three campuses.”

– Tobe R. Frierson, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Admissions

“The strategic planning process provides common ground across multiple interest areas that will help give the university and its stakeholders unified direction.”

– Andrew Hansen, Dr.P.H.
Associate Professor of Public Health

“Strategic planning will yield common goals that leverage Georgia Southern’s strengths and speak to concerns raised by students, faculty and staff. Having a fresh and transparent set of priorities will allow everyone at Georgia Southern to know how and where to best direct their energies to cultivate the best learning and working environments on all three campuses.”

– Marcus Mitchell, Ph.D.
Lecturer of English

“The strategic planning process allows me the ability to work closely with students, faculty, staff and community partners to lay a foundation of strengths and priorities for the university. I am glad to be a part of planning Georgia Southern’s new future!”

– Dorothy Kempson
Director, Liberty Campus

“What I enjoy most about the strategic planning process is talking with my professors and fellow students about the university’s future and learning what they think are the best pathways to success. Every individual brings a new perspective or idea to the table, and I have the privilege of taking that idea and turning it into an actionable plan that will guide the University forward.”

– Kelsey Elam
Student, M.A. Professional Communication and Leadership

“I’m involved because we all have a unique opportunity to shape the direction of our university at this pivotal point in our history. Collectively, the work of the entire university will impact our students, employees and our community for years to come.”

– Maliece S. Whatley, CPA, CGMA, MAcc
Senior Lecturer of Accounting

“It’s an exciting time at Georgia Southern, and I’m honored to be a part of the Strategic Planning committee. This plan will help us come together from our different campuses to map out where we want to be in five years. It’s a time to dream and focus on our future.”

– Bridget Melton, Ed.D.
Professor of Exercise Science

Last updated: 2/19/2019

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