CIVILIAN CENTERS OF INFLUENCE
Civilian support is crucial to our program growth and overall sustainment. The Panther Battallion benefits from robust civilian centers of influence from the presidents, deans and others within the supporting institutions often not available at other schools.
Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in January 2009, President Mark P. Becker has pursued an ambitious vision for the future of the institution and has led it into an unparalleled period of growth and advancement.
Reflecting his vision of the modern public research university, Georgia State adopted a dynamic 10-year strategic plan that has fueled its emergence as one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. Dr. Becker was named one of America’s 10 most innovative university presidents by Washington Monthly in 2015, and the university was ranked the second most innovative university in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine in 2019.
Dr. Sara T. Rosen
Dr. Rosen’s career in academic leadership began at the University of Kansas, where she served as chair of the Department of Linguistics (2000-2007), dean of graduate studies (2007-2011), senior vice provost of academic affairs (2011-2016), and interim provost and executive vice chancellor (2016) before coming to Georgia State in August 2016.
As an academic leader, Dr. Rosen is known for promoting innovation in strategic planning and implementation, academic program review, student support and administrative services, career preparation, undergraduate curriculum reform, graduate education, supporting growth of impactful research across the disciplines, and diversity and equity initiatives.
Dr. David A. Thomas
Dr. David A. Thomas took office as the 12th president of Morehouse College on Jan. 1, 2018, ushering in a new era of progressive leadership for Morehouse, the nation’s largest and most prestigious liberal arts college for men.
Thomas is the first Morehouse president in 50 years who did not graduate from the College. The Morehouse Board of Trustees selected Thomas to lead Morehouse for many reasons, including his visionary leadership as an Ivy League business school administrator and his proven track record as a fundraiser. Thomas led a capital campaign that raised more than $130 million in five years for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Dr. Mary Schmidt-Campbell
On Aug. 1, 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell began her tenure as the 10th president of Spelman College. A leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman has long enjoyed a reputation as the nation’s leading producer of Black women scientists.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City. Her career in New York, which included various challenging roles, began at the Studio Museum in Harlem where she served for 10 years. Her role there began at a time when the city was on the verge of bankruptcy and Harlem was in steep decline. However, under her leadership, the museum was transformed from a rented loft to the country’s first accredited Black Fine Arts Museum. Dr. Campbell also established herself as a stalwart supporter who championed the need for professional development opportunities for women and people of color in the arts.
Dr. George T. French, Jr.
Since September 1, 2019, George T. French, Jr., J.D., Ph.D. has served as the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University. Prior to his unanimous election to serve at the helm of CAU, French served as president of Miles College from 2005-2019.
Under his leadership, Miles College exceeded all fundraising goals in the history of the college; achieved unprecedented financial composite score and credit rating scores; increased student access to educational funding; more than tripled the size of the existing campus with key land acquisitions; and elevated the total athletics program to the best men’s program within the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Association (SIAC).
Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, Jr.
Upon being selected to serve as Clayton State University’s fourth president in February 2010, Dr. Thomas J. (Tim) Hynes, Jr. has built a foundation of transparency, strategic thinking, and collaboration in his approach to transforming higher education.
At the forefront of Dr. Hynes’s vision is Strategic Plan 2022, adopted by Clayton State in 2016 with a focus on becoming a national model for university-based community engagement and to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and motivations for learning and success.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the academic heart of the University, because we are home to the core curriculum that forms the basis for all degree programs. This is where arts, humanities, and natural, social and behavioral sciences converge and blossom in unique and unexpected ways.
We engage the public in reciprocal community collaborations and deliver an exceptional education for all students. We stand for the values of a liberal arts education, including critical inquiry, disciplined thinking, scientific investigation, broadened horizons, and refined judgment. A liberal arts education prepares our students to be informed, engaged citizens and leaders, wherever they may reside.
Dr. Linda A. Streit
Linda A. Streit became dean of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing on July 1, 2010. Dr. Streit is a tenured professor and associate dean of graduate programs, and she has served as a professor and administrator at the College since 1990.
Dr. Streit came to the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in 1990 as an assistant professor to teach in the newly established Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She was named professor in 1996 and assistant dean for graduate programs in 2001. Named associate dean in 2003, she oversees the Master of Science in Nursing program and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program. She is the recipient of external funding for her research and, through submission of multiple types of training grants, the nursing graduate program has received over $689,000 in education, training and program grant funding.
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