Three Finalists Named For Georgia Highlands Presidency

The next president of Georgia Highlands College will be announced by the Board of Regents at a future meeting.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file

Three finalists have been announced for the position of president at Rome-based Georgia Highlands College. 

The announcement was made on Friday by Board of Regents Chair Philip Wilheit Sr. and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

The recommended finalists are: 

Dr. Anita K. Bowles: vice president for academic affairs, Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Prior to her current position, Bowles served as chief academic officer for North Greenville College in Greenville, and in key administrative positions at the University of South Carolina’s regional campuses in Union and Beaufort.

Additionally she has held administrative and teaching positions at these and other South Carolina higher education institutions during her career. 

Bowles earned an associate's degree from North Greenville College in Tigerville, South Carolina. and a bachelor's degree in counseling from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. She holds a master's degree in secondary school guidance and a Ph.D. in educational administration, both from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Donald J. Green: vice president for extended and international operations, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Green has served as both vice chancellor and vice president at Ferris State, leading a number of administrative units. Ferris State is comprised of its Big Rapids main campus and 19 satellite locations throughout Michigan. His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University in Grand Rapids. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates.

Green holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, a master’s degree in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, Columbus and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Dr. Al M. Panu: senior vice president for university affairs, University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. Panu’s previous experience includes serving as vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and chair of the division of Science, Engineering & Technology, all at the former Gainesville State College. He has also served in administrative positions at Kennesaw State University. Panu is a chemistry professor.

Panu holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, a master’s in chemistry from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia.

The Board of Regents is expected to name Georgia Highland's next president at a future meeting. 


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