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UNG announces leadership changes for Oconee Campus and economic development

Jerry Sullivan will serve as interim CEO of the Oconee Campus, effective August 1.

This week, University of North Georgia (UNG) President Bonita C. Jacobs announced the appointment of Jerry Sullivan as the interim CEO of the Oconee Campus, effective August 1.

Sullivan is currently associate vice president for auxiliary services and real estate at UNG and lives in the Athens area. In this temporary role, he will report to Dr. Richard Oates, vice president of the Gainesville Campus and will manage the day-to-day business of the campus. Sullivan will have dual reporting responsibilities and will retain responsibilities in auxiliary services while serving in the interim role. 

Since joining UNG in April 2014, Sullivan has led the auxiliary services operations across the entire university, and has been involved with multiple projects on the Oconee Campus.  For the 17 years prior to joining UNG, he was a vice president with the Follett Higher Education Group, a provider of campus retail services and course materials technologies at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across North America, and also served as assistant director of community relations at Waycross College in Waycross, Georgia. 

He earned an MBA from Brenau University, a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from Valdosta State University, and completed additional graduate work at the University of Georgia. 

Sullivan's appointment fills the post vacated by Dr. Eric Skipper, who now serves as new executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

A search committee will be formed for the permanent position in the fall.

Jacobs also announced that Dr. Andy Novobilski, associate provost for research and engagement will supervise UNG's Economic Development and Professional and Continuing Education units.

UNG is one of only five public universities in Georgia to carry the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which recognizes schools with an institutional focus on engagement and a commitment to service-learning and community partnerships.

"How well we serve each of our communities and their distinct needs is very important for us and for our region. The synergy between economic development, community engagement, professional and continuing education, and research is very important to the achievement of our goals," Jacobs said. "Toward that end, I have asked Dr. Andy Novobilski to oversee a new coordinated research and engagement effort consistent with our Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) initiative. I believe this reorganization will help advance our commitment to our communities and fuel opportunities for educational and economic growth."


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