Dr. Kelli McCormack Brown, scheduled to visit campus Sunday through Tuesday as the fourth in a series of five contenders to be the next president of 20,500-student Georgia Southern University, is different from the first three candidates in two obvious ways.
She is a woman and currently employed by a Georgia university.
As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Brown is the second-ranking administrator at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, a post she has held since June 2013. Brown will be introduced to the public here during a forum in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall, inside the Foy building on the Georgia Southern campus, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Brown came to Georgia College and State University, or GCSU, from the University of Florida, where she was associate dean for academic affairs, 2007-2012, and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, September 2012-May 2013.
Earlier, she was interim graduate school dean and associate provost at the University of South Florida, 2003-2006, and still earlier a professor of health sciences at Illinois State University. Her first teaching and administrative posts were at Western Illinois University.
Her doctorate is a Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Brown received a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in public health services from the University of Toledo.
As provost and vice president, Brown facilitated Georgia College and State University’s reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in fall 2014. Last fall, she created a task force to review GCSU’s faculty promotion and tenure guidelines and processes.
She has worked closely with the university’s architect on building renovations and planning for state funding requests for future projects, she said in her CV, or professional history. It’s now posted, along with an itinerary for her visit, at www.georgiasouthern.edu/presidential-search. Click on “candidates.”
Still referred to as simply “Georgia College” in some of its marketing, GCSU has more than 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Its four component colleges are a College of Arts and Sciences, a College of Business, a College of Education, and a College of Health Sciences. Besides the Milledgeville campus, Georgia College operates a graduate and professional learning center in downtown Macon.
Like Georgia Southern, GCSU is a part of the University System of Georgia.
A committee based at Georgia Southern conducted interviews and selected five applicants to invite to campus, but the state Board of Regents will eventually hire the university’s new president.