BSC, ABAC appoint implementation teams for consolidation of colleges

Published 7:10 pm Friday, January 27, 2017

University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Dr. Steve Wrigley has appointed the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) – Bainbridge State College Consolidation Implementation Committee. The 32-member committee consists of 16 representatives each from ABAC and Bainbridge State. The committee will have its first meeting at the USG System Office on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The consolidation implementation committee will be charged with the responsibility to work out the many details associated with the consolidation. The committee will provide regular updates to the campus communities. An initial action for the committee is to develop the mission statement for the new university. Information about the proposed consolidation will be available and updated at and

The members of the Consolidation Implementation Committee are:

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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

• David Bridges, president

• Donna Campbell, assistant professor, health and physical education, and former softball coach

• Jordan Cofer, associate professor, English and assistant vice president, academic affairs, learning resources

• Chrissy Dent, assistant professor, nursing and chair, faculty senate

• Gail Dillard, vice president, academic affairs

• Robert Gerhart, vice president, technology and chief information officer

• Alan Kramer, assistant dean of students

• Tim Marshall, professor, school of agriculture and natural resources

• Ginger Orton, SGA vice president

• Jason Scott, associate professor, wildlife biology, school of agriculture and natural resources

• Darby Sewell, assistant vice president, academic affairs, student engagement

• Ben Skipper, associate professor, management, Stafford School of Business

• Richard Spancake, director, human resources

• Donna Webb, director, enrollment management

• Paul Williams, interim vice president, external affairs

• Paul Willis, vice president, finance and operations, and chief business officer

Bainbridge State College

• Stuart Rayfield, interim president

• Rodney Carr, vice president, academic affairs/student affairs

• Scott Dunn, chief information officer

• Carolyn Funderburke, human resources generalist

• Katie Harrell, senior academic counselor

• Lauren Harrell, executive director, institutional advancement

• Steve Hougland, assistant professor, criminal justice

• Justin Janney, interim vice president, business and operations

• Michael Kirkland, associate vice president, academic affairs

• Tony Matthews, allied health instructor (Blakely campus)

• Sheila McLendon, chair, faculty council and associate professor, technical mathematics

• Jeffery Ross, nursing chair and associate professor, nursing

• Jason Rubenbauer, dean, health sciences and professional studies

• Joann Simpson, dean, arts and sciences

• Leanna Stephens, SGA president

• Spencer Stewart, associate dean of students, student affairs