I. Interim President
Dr. Charles E. Patterson, 229-928-1360
Dr. Patterson assumed the role of Interim President January of 2015 and is responsible for the University’s strategic direction and overall administration. Prior to coming to Georgia Southwestern State University, he served as the Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Dean of the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies and Chairman of the Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. Dr. Patterson graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in biochemistry and earned his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He also conducted postdoctoral research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Patterson served several administrative roles at Baylor University prior, where he served as an instructor in the Honor’s College, as well as roles in establishing critical infrastructures to support research and scholarly pursuits within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
II. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Dr. Brian U. Adler, 229-928-1361
Dr. Adler took office as Georgia Southwestern's VPAA June 1, 2008. He is responsible for oversight of the academic programs and policies of the University. In that regard, Adler serves as the chief academic, and the deans of each individual school report directly to his office. Adler served as the dean of the Graduate School at Valdosta State University from 2005 until 2008. Prior, he served as administrative head of VSU's Philosophy and Religious Studies Department (Spring and Summer 2004) and director of the Honors Program. A position he held from 1994 to 2004. Adler earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 1978, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Georgia in 1984 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee in 1988.
III. Vice President for Business & Finance
W. Cody King, 229-931-2066
Mr. King came to Georgia Southwestern in 1996 as director of Accounting Services before serving as comptroller from 2000-2007. He filled the role of Vice President in August of 2007. In addition to his work in the office of Business and Finance, King taught courses in managerial, cost and tax accounting. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgia Southwestern College and his master's degree in business administration from Albany State University.
IV. Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Samuel T. Miller, 229-928-1387
Sam came to GSW in June 2000. He is responsible for the general welfare of students, as well as providing leadership for various departments that provide critical services to students and other constituencies. Prior to coming to GSW, other professional experience was gained at Mississippi State, Penn State, and Temple universities. Education includes the following degrees: Ph. D. & M. Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education from Mississippi State University; B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Greensboro. Hobbies/interests include tennis and racquetball.
V. Vice President of Enrollment Management
Dr. Gaye S. Hayes, 229-928-1273
Gaye Hayes came to GSW in 1991 to work in the Division of Student Affairs. Hayes was appointed to the lead role in Admissions in 2003. She was named the University's first Vice President of Enrollment Management in March 2009 which governs over the Office of Admissions and Registrar's Office. Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from GSW, a master's degree in college student personnel from the University of Georgia and Ph.D. from Georgia State University in educational policy studies.
VI. Executive Director, GSW Foundation
Reda K. Rowell, 229-931-2014
Rowell joined the Foundation and GSW in December of 2012 from Clayton State University where she was director of Development and Alumni Affairs since 2001. She serves as the lead fundraiser for the University and manager of the GSW Foundation. Rowell is an alumna of Clayton State where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and a Master of Arts in history.
VII. Athletic Director
Mike Leeder, 229-931-2230
Mike Leeder has served as the University’s athletic director since 2014, focusing his attention on and raising funds for all 10 Hurricane sports. Previously, Leeder was the head coach of the Men's Basketball Program for 12 seasons. Leeder was named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year for the 2010-2011 season. Prior to joining GSW, Leeder served as head men’s basketball coach at Longwood University (1999-2003). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Florida State University, and a Master of Science degree in education from Nova Southeastern University.
VIII. University Relations Director
Stephen E. Snyder, 229-931-2037
Snyder joined the Georgia Southwestern staff in 2007 as a development officer before moving to his current role as University Relations Director. He is responsible for University marketing, public relations and the Web site. Snyder earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern.
IX. Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development
Tristam Aldridge, 229-931-2757
Tristam Aldridge joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 2016 as Special Assistant to the President for Organizational Development. In this role, Mr. Aldridge serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and is charged with working across the University to lead and support optimized enrollment strategies, predictive analytics and student-centered services to support the University’s short- and long-term enrollment goals. This will include domestic, international and out-of-state students, ensuring integrated retention practices among the campus divisions.Aldridge previously served as Director of Graduate Admissions at Georgia Southern University. Prior to that as the Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at Clemson University. He has experience as an advisor to international scholars and students in the Office of International Affairs and as the Director of Admissions at Clemson. Aldridge earned his Bachelor of Science from Toccoa Falls College, having majored in Christian Counseling. He holds a Master of Education from Clemson University where he is a PhD Candidate in Educational Leadership.
X. Director of Information & Instructional Technology/Chief Information Officer
Royce Hackett, 229-931-2074
Royce Hackett came to GSW in 1997 as a member of the campus Information and Instructional Technology team. He was named the University’s Chief Information Officer in April of 2007, and is responsible for the integration of technology into the instructional and administrative missions of the University. Hackett earned his Associate of Applied Science from Columbus State University, and his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern.
XI. Executive Assistant to the President
Angela Smith, 229-928-1360
Angela Smith came to GSW from the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. She is also very active in the community as a member of the Executive Committee of Americus Main Street and the Sumter Historic Trust Board of Directors. Mrs. Smith holds a BFA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Valdosta State University, and is a graduate of Leadership Sumter, Advancing Sumter Leadership Institute, and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.
XII. Executive Director, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI)
Leisa Easom, 229-931-2062
Leisa R. Easom joined GSW in 1988 to teach in the School of Nursing. In 2010, she became the Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) and Pope Eminent Scholar at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). The mission of the RCI is to establish local, state, national and international partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home and community-based services for caregivers in the promotion of caregiver health, skills, and resilience. Dr. Easom completed her doctoral degree in nursing at the Medical College of Georgia in 2003. Post-doctoral education included end-of-life training. Certified in gerontology, Dr. Easom focuses her program of research on caregivers (military and dementia), end-of-life issues, aging, and health promotion in rural areas of the United States.