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Georgia Southern University Appoints Athletic Director Search Committee, Hires Search Firm

eagleheadGeorgia Southern University President Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D. has named a 10-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the next director of athletics.

Members of the search committee include individuals from the University’s faculty and staff, the Statesboro community, alumni of the University and a student athlete.

“The search committee includes individuals that represent a wide range of perspectives and I am confident that they will help the University identify and recommend the best candidates to lead Georgia Southern Athletics,” said Keel.

Search committee members include:

– Ron Core, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University Vice President for Business and Finance (Committee Chair)

– Phillip Moore (’82), Chair, Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation, Inc.

– Cathy Beene, Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator

– Chris Geyerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty Athletic Representative

– Michelle Reidel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Education, Member of University Athletics Committee

– Patrice Buckner, Dean of Students

– Chris Riley (’92), Chief of Staff, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

– Bruce Yawn, Community Member, Statesboro, Ga.

– Morgan Springer, Student Athlete, Georgia Southern Women’s Soccer

– Rodney Hennon, Head Coach, Georgia Southern Baseball

Georgia Southern has also selected Parker Executive Search based in Atlanta, Ga. to assist the University as a consultant.  Parker Search is the world’s leading executive search firm in collegiate athletics and has an outstanding record of identifying talented athletic directors.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  In 2012, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:


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