Student receives Presidential Leadership Award

  • The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute presented Jonathan Mangrum with the Presidential Leadership Award during the Spring 2017 semester of the Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) program.
  • Mangrum was selected as the individual from his cohort who demonstrated thoughtful, measured and admirable leadership reflective of this award.
  • The Presidential Leadership Award is awarded to a student who demonstrates exemplary growth in leadership throughout their time with the LTAP program. Mangrum was a clear leader amongst his peers during his time with the LTAP program, and continued to grow as a leader through thoughtful inquiry. His actions and behavior were consistently reflective of a citizen leader, and his zeal for learning was evident in all that he did.
  • The Leadership and the American Presidency program is designed to identify student leaders who demonstrate leadership potential on their campuses and in their communities, and offer them an experience to elevate that leadership in practice here in Washington, DC. Students are challenged in their internships, through rigorous coursework, and experiential learning.

Speelman wins Servant Leader Award

  • The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) presents its 2016 Servant Leader Award to Dr. Elizabeth Speelman, director of the Outdoor Center and Outdoor Education lecturer.
  • AEE presents this award annually to an individual for their active, excellent servant leadership to the association and its members for a period of at least five years and who has demonstrated a passionate commitment to furthering experiential education principles.
  • Speelman was nominated for years of service and commitment to AEE. Among her many contributions to the association, she has served as secretary on the AEE Board of Directors, awards committee chair, professional development committee member, accreditation program reviewer, Journal of Experiential Education reviewer and International Conference workshop reviewer.
  • AEE connects the global community of educators and practitioners working to enrich lives through experiential education. AEE conducts an annual International Conference and regional conferences, publishes the Journal for Experiential Education and maintains professional standards.

McKenzie Fisher – Bobcats Against Hunger Co-Founder

Talking Points:

  • McKenzie Fisher, ’16,  was as co-founder of Bobcats Against Hunger, an Emerging Leader of the Year Award recipient, president of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Georgia Association of Colleges & Employers (GACE) Jack Mangham Award recipient.
  • As a first-year student, Fisher learned about the principles of leadership and how she could develop herself as a leader through the Emerging Leaders program. In her sophomore year, Fisher became a peer mentor for first-year Georgia College students to help them develop their leadership skills. She received the Emerging Leader of the Year award presented by Omicron Delta Kappa—a national leadership society, of which she served as president during her senior year.
  • Fisher, a business marketing major, also completed the Leadership Certificate program and participated in the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) program.
  • Quote: “I would take what I learned and apply it outside of the classroom,” says Fisher. “And, that position was co-founding Bobcats Against Hunger.”
  • Bobcats Against Hunger partnered with different campus organizations, local businesses and a church to raise funds. By the end of its second year, Bobcats Against Hunger raised $25,000 and packaged 100,000 meals for the nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere, and the meals were received in Baldwin County.
  • Fisher also enjoyed her leadership experience through the university’s GEM program. Her mentor was Georgia College & State University Foundation Trustee Alex Gregory, president and CEO and chair of YKK Corporation of America.
  • Fisher was selected for the Jack Mangham Award by the GACE for her broad leadership experience and co-founding Bobcats Against Hunger.
  • Quote: “I believe that before students begin internships they need to understand the importance of doing their best on every task thrown their way,” Fisher said. “I think in order to really get the most out of any internship, students need to realize that some of the most basic tasks can be the most transferable preparation for their career.”

Dr. Costas Spirou named American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) selected 33 emerging college and university leaders for the 2016-17 class of ACE Fellows, which includes Dr. Costas Spirou, interim associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. Spirou was the only administrator selected from a Georgia institution to serve as an ACE Fellow for 2016-2017.

His latest book, “Building the City of Spectacle: Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Remaking of Chicago” (with D. Judd) will be published by Cornell University Press this fall. Spirou maintains an active public scholarship agenda and his activities have received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Ford Foundation and the Sam Walton Foundation.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program—the longest running leadership development program in the United States—focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.

Talking Points:

  • 33 emerging college and university leaders were selected from the 2016-17 class of ACE Fellows
  • Dr. Costas Spirou was the only administrator selected from the state of Georgia to serve for this year’s class
  • The ACE Fellows program is the longest running leadership program in the U.S. – it focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.