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Hebert new GSU president, beginning July 1
Regents waited just one week to make hiring official
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Dr. Jaimie Hebert

One week after naming him as the only finalist, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia went ahead Wednesday and hired Dr. Jaimie Hebert as president of Georgia Southern University.

Hebert is slated to take the reins at Georgia Southern July 1, according to the Board of Regents’ emailed announcement. Georgia Southern, the 20,500-student Carnegie doctoral-research university in Statesboro, home of the Eagles of Sun Belt Conference sports, is similar in size to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where Hebert has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Sam Houston also has between 20,000 and 21,000 students.

“Georgia Southern is on an upward trajectory, and Dr. Hebert will contribute substantially to the institution’s momentum from day one,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “This is an exciting time for Georgia Southern, which will continue to thrive and grow under Dr. Hebert’s leadership.”

Originally from southern Louisiana, Hebert received bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctorate, all in statistics, from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His last name, of French origin, is pronounced like “A-Bear.”

Earlier in his career, Hebert was an assistant professor at Appalachian State University, one of Georgia Southern’s longtime athletic rivals. But he has been at Sam Houston State since 1999. After arriving as an assistant professor, Hebert was promoted to associate and then to full professor, and then chaired the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. From 2005 until 2011, Hebert was dean of SHSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2011.

“Dr. Hebert’s experience and leadership qualities make him a natural fit for Georgia Southern University,” said Georgia Board of Regents Chair Kessel Stelling Jr. “We appreciate the hard work of the campus search committee, which included representation from alumni and the Statesboro community, for recommending such a qualified candidate.”

Assisted by the Atlanta firm Parker Executive Search, which placed the job notices and received applications and nominations from across the country, the committee interviewed eight to 12 selected candidates in the vicinity of the Atlanta airport in mid-February. Hebert was then one of five semifinalists the committee invited to the Georgia Southern campus, where each made an announced three-day visit and spoke in a public forum between Feb. 28 and March 11.

“Georgia Southern is a great university, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this institution, its faculty, staff and students; and, the Statesboro community,” Hebert was quoted in Wednesday’s news release. “I look forward to working with the campus and Statesboro community to take Georgia Southern to even greater heights.”

Hebert has two daughters. Emily is a graduate student and Sarah is an undergraduate student, the regents’ announcement noted.

Throughout his career, Hebert has been active in professional and civic organizations including the Council of Academic Deans, a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools compliance committee, the Standing Faculty Tenure Committee, the Texas Association of Chief Academic Officers, with the Journal of Developmental Education, the Sam Houston State University Rotoract Club, as a Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity advisor, in the Rotary Club of Huntsville and on the Huntsville-Walker County Economic Development Committee.

Hebert succeeds Dr. Brooks Keel, who served from January 2010 until July 2015, in the permanent post of Georgia Southern president. Dr. Jean Bartels, GSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, is serving as interim president this academic year, since Keel left to become president of Augusta University.


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