Skipper named acting CEO of UNG's Oconee Campus
Dr. Eric Skipper has been named acting chief executive officer of the University of North Georgia's Oconee Campus.
Dr. Al M. Panu, senior vice president for university affairs, lauded Skipper's leadership skills and connection to the community.
"I am sure that Eric's proven leadership, together with the valuable relationships he has built over the years through his community involvement as an Oconee County resident, will serve our Oconee Campus well in the months ahead," he said.
Skipper's appointment, which began July 1, fills the post vacated by Dr. Margaret Venable, who now serves as provost at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga.
"Dr. Venable did great work forging relationships with civic, business and educational organizations," Skipper said. "We hope to pick up that momentum where she left off and strengthen our commitment to the community at-large. There's great potential for a robust symbiotic relationship between UNG-Oconee and its service area."
One of Skipper's first duties in his new position was hosting the third of three meetings of the North Georgia Regional Economic and Educational Development (REED) Task Force on July 2, which drew business, education and community leaders from across the region to the Oconee Campus. Skipper welcomed the participants and took part in afternoon sessions aimed at addressing the region's economic future.
Skipper held several administrative positions at the former Gainesville State College, including acting assistant vice president for academic enrichment and dean of humanities and fine arts. While leading the UNG's Oconee Campus, Skipper will retain his position as dean of honors and graduate studies.
"I look forward to using my academic and leadership experiences to serve the very talented faculty and staff at the Oconee Campus," Skipper said.
In 2010, Dr. Skipper was named Professor of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Georgia chapter. He is author of the volume "A Recipe for Discourse: Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate," which offers critical analyses of the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel. He currently serves on the Alumni Development Team for the University System of Georgia's Executive Leadership Institute.
Skipper holds degrees from Georgia Tech and Florida State University and has taught previously at Augusta State University and Gordon College.
The Oconee Campus is located on Bishop Farms Parkway in Watkinsville, Ga.
With some 15,000 students, UNG is the state’s seventh-largest public university. The regional, multi-campus university offers more than 100 programs of study, including certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and professional doctoral programs. UNG is one of six senior military colleges in the United States and is designated as a University System of Georgia leadership institution and as The Military College of Georgia.