AMERICUS (Aug. 12, 2011)--Professor Elizabeth Wilson, Ph.D., has been appointed dean for the School of business Administration (SOBA) at Georgia Southwestern State University. Brian Adler, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, made the announcement today during August Assembly.
"I am very pleased that Dr. Wilson has accepted the dean's position,” said Adler. “Her work as interim dean helped advance the School of Business in significant ways. Her interest in the fields of human relations and in health administration will help lead us and SOBA into new directions. I am confident that under Dr. Wilson's leadership the School of Business will continue to expand."
Wilson has served as interim dean since June 2010, filling the vacancy left by John Kooti, Ph.D., who accepted a position at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.
“Dr. Wilson has done an outstanding job as the Interim Dean,” said President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D. “I expect great things from her as she continues working hard to make sure that our School of Business Administration is earning its reputation as one of the best in the state.”
Having served on the School of Business faculty for more than two decades, Wilson has helped the program evolve into one of the largest on campus. During her tenure, the student profile within the School of Business has changed from traditional college-aged to a more diverse population, with approximately 70 percent of them working at least part-time. Many of those students study exclusively online.
“After 20 years, my heart is at GSW,” Wilson said. “Seeing the School of Business go from 300 students to almost 900 now has been exciting. With 37 percent of our students studying completely online, we are committed to making sure they get the same quality education and experience that our on-campus students get.”
Wilson joined the faculty at Georgia Southwestern in September of 1990 with a specialty in human resource management. During this time she has served as director of the SOBA Undergraduate Program, chair of the Faculty/Staff Grievance Committee, faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and the Peach Belt Conference, faculty senator, campus representative to the University System of Georgia Alternative Dispute Coalition, and coordinator of the human resources track within the SOBA.
Wilson’s management experience and time spent in the classroom give her a clear understanding of the needs of the faculty.
“That is what I think the job of a dean is,” she said. “Make sure the faculty’s plates are as clear as possible so they can focus on teaching, research and serving the community. I tell anybody who listens that this is a wonderful group of people, and my job is to stay out of their way so they can do theirs. I hope to continue building on what Dr. Kooti started. I feel we are going to continue to grow.”
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech pathology and psychology and a Master of Arts in audiology from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Switching career paths, she earned a Ph.D. in management and administration/health services from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A certified Professional in Human Resource Management, Wilson has often been recognized for her ability to teach. She has twice received the Excellence in Commitment to Teaching Award (1993, 1995). She was voted Business Professor of the Year in 1995, and she was voted Teacher of the Year in 2001. Even so, she remains grounded.
“It is a humbling experience,” said Wilson in reference to her appointment as dean. “I feel a huge responsibility to the faculty here, the administration and the community. This is a very visible program, and it is one that is known for turning out quality graduates.”
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