Fort Valley State University President Larry E. Rivers appointed two administrators in September to take on permanent leadership roles at the school.
Canter Brown is now the school’s executive vice president and chief legal officer, after being in that role in an interim capacity since May 2009, officials announced last week. Before that, Brown served as special assistant and counsel to the president.
Brown’s appointment followed a recommendation from a faculty and staff search committee, chaired by Judy L. Carter, dean of the university’s College of Education.
Brown said he hopes to see the university implement programs for students and the community and add new student housing, among other things.
“Our number one priority is continued growth based on a solid foundation,” he said.
Brown has been working at Fort Valley State in various capacities since coming from Florida A&M University in 2006.
This month, Rivers also appointed Julius Scipio to become the permanent vice president for academic affairs.
Scipio became the interim vice president for academic affairs in April, after predecessor Daniel K. Wims left to take a job as provost at Alabama A&M University. Before that, Scipio was the associate vice president for academic affairs.
Scipio was chosen based on the recommendations of a selection committee led by Fred van Hartesveldt, chair of Fort Valley State’s Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice.
“Scipio stepped into the vacancy and hit the ground running,” Brown said of Scipio. “He’s done a phenomenal job; not only interesting and a highly capable, fair person, the faculty is already responding.”
College information fairs around midstate in October
High school students in Middle Georgia will have the chance to attend PROBE Fairs in the coming weeks to receive information about colleges.
The statewide sessions began this month and will take place until November. Students will be able to talk to representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission and GAcollege411.
The following sessions will take place in Middle Georgia:
— Oct. 18, Upson County Fair, Upson Lee High School, 9-10:30 a.m.
— Oct. 19, Macon Fair, Mercer University, Macon, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
— Oct. 20, Houston County Fair, Perry High School, 9-11 a.m.
— Oct. 25, Laurens County Fair, Heart of Georgia Technical College, 9-11:30 a.m.
For more information about the upcoming sessions, visit gaprobe.org.
Midstate students receive Air Force scholarships
Two Middle Georgia students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Air Force Materiel Command Services, according to a news release.
Matthew M. Besemer, son of retired Senior Master Sgt. Michael Besemer, and Erica T. Hudnall, daughter of Melony J. Hudnall, both with Robins Air Force Base, were among 25 winners selected throughout the Air Force this year.
Every year, the Air Force Services hosts a themed essay scholarship award, and this year’s topic was “What Does It Mean to be a Part of the Air Force Family?”
The scholarships are funded through the Air Force Services Agency and Chase Bank.
Dawkins joins statewide board
Houston County Board of Education member Skip Dawkins has been appointed to the eBOARDsolutions board of directors, according to a school news release.
A web-based governance tool developed by the Georgia School Boards Association, eBOARD is used by local boards of education and state agencies to provide meeting data and documents to communicate more effectively with the public.
Dawkins will serve on the board for a three-year term until 2013.
An active member of GSBA, Dawkins serves as the District 12 representative for the GSBA and on the committee for “Vision for Public Education in Georgia,” a joint effort between the GSBA and the Georgia School Superintendents Association. Dawkins has also served in other roles with the GSBA in the past, including president and vice president.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Andrea Castillo.