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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander praises Georgia Southern staff for work during September hurricane

Last week during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District’s annual exercise at the Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus, Commander Col. Daniel Hibner recognized the University staff for their work during Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

The staff recognized included: Michael Head, director of Housing & Auxiliary Facilities; Robert Hisey, assistant director of Housing and Auxiliary Facilities; Rodrick Holsey, assistant director, Custodial Services; Robert Swift, IT Network Support professional; Samuel Robinson, assistant director of Telecommunications and Networking; and Kelly Nilsson, director of Emergency Management.

Hibner said the staff showed impressive skill and unwavering support to the USACE when Irma forced them to relocate to the Georgia Southern Statesboro campus.

A certificate presented to the staff read, “The prompt actions and coordinating finesse contributed to the highly successful execution of the Savannah District’s Continuity of Operations. Their steadfast performance reflects great credit to the University.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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