Robert G. Boehmer has been named by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents as the fifth president of East Georgia State College.
The Regents’ decision followed a recommendation by University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby and ends the interim status Boehmer has held since November 2011.
“I am delighted that Bob has made such a tremendous impression at East Georgia State College,” Huckaby said. “The Board of Regents’ decision to change his title from interim to permanent president is the right course and reflects on his solid performance over the past months. The college is ready to move forward under his leadership as the permanent president.”
Boehmer added: “I am honored by the trust placed in me by the chancellor, the Board of Regents and the East Georgia State College community. I look forward to our continued growth and advancement, particularly as we expand our access mission and attain our goal of creating a more educated Georgia.”
East Georgia has 2,944 students enrolled this semester, including 1,686 in the Statesboro campus. While the college has had a presence in Statesboro, on the Georgia Southern University campus, since 1998, East Georgia opened its own building on U.S. Highway 301 South about a year ago.
Prior to being named interim president at East Georgia, Boehmer served as associate provost for academic planning at the University of Georgia, beginning in 2010. He also served as UGA’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and as a trustee and member of the commission’s executive committee.
Boehmer joined the faculty of UGA’s Terry College of Business in 1989 and was promoted to full professor of legal studies in 2004. He was appointed as UGA’s associate provost for institutional effectiveness in 2001. His role was expanded to include oversight of UGA’s extended campuses in 2007.
He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law, which he received in 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of Oregon School of Business Administration in 1974. Before becoming a faculty member at UGA, he practiced law in Oregon for more than 10 years and was a partner in an Oregon law firm.
Boehmer has served as chairman of the Regents Advisory Committee on Effectiveness and Accreditation, which advises the Regents on institutional effectiveness and regional accreditation, including quality enhancement, student learning outcomes, comprehensive program review, assessment practices, continuous improvement, accreditation compliance and public accountability.
He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence including the Richard Russell Teaching Award from UGA, the Teacher of the Year and the MBA Teacher of the Year awards from the Terry College of Business, the Hatten-Howard award from the University’s Honors Program and selection as a Lilly Teaching Fellow.
Boehmer and his wife, Joyce, have two adult daughters, Megan and Beth, who live in Oregon.