Finalist named for presidency of Georgia College & State University

Georgia College & State University has a likely new president, Steve Michael Dorman from the University of Florida. The Regents must approve his selection at its next meeting, but it is safe to assume that, as sole finalist, he has the job.

A few years ago, Erroll Davis, then chancellor of the University System of Georgia, told me that his goal was to turn Georgia College into a liberal arts “jewel.”

Has that happened? I know several metro students who attend Georgia College, and their lament is the same: Too many classmates go home on weekends. While the weekend social scene should not be a major factor in choosing a college, many students are very concerned about it.

It is important to elevate the status of Georgia College as there should be a strong liberal arts alternative for students who  find UGA, GSU or Georgia Southern too large. Milledgeville has a lot of charm, but not sure it has a lot of the amenities that 20-year-olds want.

Anyone have a child at Georgia College? Or one considering it?

Here is the release on Dorman:

Upon recommendation of Regent Doreen Stiles Poitevint, chair of the selection committee, the Board of Regents has selected a finalist for the presidency of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. The finalist is Dr. Steve Michael Dorman.

Dr. Dorman currently serves as dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a position he has held since 2006.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Dorman served as professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Before becoming head of the department, he served as professor and division Chair.

In 1996, Dr. Dorman served as graduate coordinator working with master and doctoral students in Health Science Education and Health Behavior. He also served as the director of the Master of Public Health degree program, an interdisciplinary degree program initially sponsored by the College of Medicine, College of Health Professions and College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.

Dr. Dorman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned a Master of Public Health Degree in Community Health Education going on to complete his doctoral studies and earning his Ph.D. in Health Education, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The Board of Regents will take final action on the selection of the next president of Georgia College & State University at a future meeting.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

14 comments Add your comment

William Ray

June 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

It needs a football program, to give it a draw to keep kids on campus. Otherwise, it is a great school.

Traci in the ATL

June 15th, 2012
1:19 pm

My daughter will be a Junior this Fall at Georgia College and loves it there. She never comes home on the weekends. Between requirements for her degree and the volunteer hours she has to put in for the honors program and her theatre fraternity, she’s busy every weekend and stays in Milledgeville. If I want to see her, I go down there. While she stays in a dorm, most of her friends have apartments and they don’t go home on the weekends. Many are staying down there for the summer as well because they have jobs and/or are taking summer classes. It’s a great school. Small classes, a lot of interaction with professors. While I’m glad they are getting a permanent president, the school didn’t miss a beat while the search was on.


June 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

“…who find UGA, GSU or Georgia Southern too large.”

So the third largest university in this state is not Georgia Southern (not that you meant it that way), it is in fact Kennesaw State University. And I would encourage anyone that doesn’t like Milledgeville to come on up to Kennesaw where my alma mater is growing leaps and bounds along with the surrounding community. Tons more amenities in Kennesaw, and easy access to Atlanta, if you matriculate at KSU. No, we may not have the miniscule class sizes they have at GCSU, but ours are much smaller than the gargantuan classe sizes at GSU and UGA.


June 15th, 2012
1:24 pm


That’s what I get for a hasty response.


June 15th, 2012
2:22 pm

My daughter’s BFF graduated from there and LOVED IT.

I wish we could get some college presidents whose degree field was higher ed administration! (And yes, that is a master’s degree field and a doctoral degree field.)

valid questions

June 15th, 2012
3:22 pm

All my friend’s children who attend there, love it. The parents are all very pleased.


June 15th, 2012
3:26 pm

I attended the school myself and LOVED it … the small class size and personal interaction with the professors was great.

As for the weekends? I went home sometimes, but I stayed in Milledgeville often, too. It really is a matter of what you make of it. There are things to do, but it’s not going to appeal to everybody. That’s just the way it goes, but there are plenty of options around for those who want to seek them out.

Dekalb taxpayer

June 15th, 2012
3:49 pm

My daughter is a rising senior and has had a great experience there, both academically and extracurricularly (is that a word?). She could have gone to UGA but didn’t want a mega-college experience. I don’t think we should be trying to make GCSU into another UGA. If we succeed, it will no longer appeal to students like my daughter.


June 15th, 2012
3:59 pm

Can anybody tell me how the name Georgia College and State University came about?


June 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

All the state colleges were going to “University” status sometime in the mid-90s and somehow Georgia College got saddled with “and State University.”

Personally, I preferred it as Georgia College. The school will always be Georgia College to me.

Cobb Teacher

June 15th, 2012
6:58 pm

My daughter graduated this past May and my son will be a junior. They both love the school and have had a great college experience there!


June 16th, 2012
7:45 am

I toured the school with my daughter and her boyfriend two years ago. At the time they were both students at DeKalb School of the Arts. They liked almost everything that they saw and heard. One thing, however, was a deal killer. Almost every student and staffer they came in contact with was white. We were told that GCSU was working to attract minorities. I don’t know if the school has made any headway in that department.


June 17th, 2012
7:35 pm

All of these colleges need to focus less on football, recreation centers, and all the other creature comforts and get these kids out. Today’s kids are to coddled. Taxpayers do not need to be subsidizing college education while these brats hang out for six or seven years.


June 18th, 2012
9:07 am

Chip… If you did some research you would find recreation centers/programs have a major impact on retention and student success. Retention and student success lead to students earning degrees and doing so in an appropriate period of time. Read Spark… you will discover the direct impact exercise has on learning as well as its significant impact on mental issues faced by many of today’s students.

Dr. Dorman is an excellent choice. The future of Georgia College is bright.