Dr. Bonita Jacobs to be university”s first female president
In May, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents tapped Dr. Bonita Jacobs to be the next president for North Georgia College & State University, making her the university”s seventeenth president and its first female president.
“Dr. Jacobs” wealth of experience as both an executive and professor is key to the development of students and leaders,”# said Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “We are excited about the continued development of North Georgia under her guidance.”#
North Georgia College & State University, the state”s second-oldest public university, has an enrollment of about 6,000 students and is designated as a state leadership institution by the Board of Regents. Additionally, the university is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States and has a Corps of Cadets that comprises about 15 percent of the student population. Because of these factors and the university”s success in training future military officers, the state legislature has designated North Georgia as The Military College of Georgia.
Today, North Georgia offers more than 50 programs of study at the pre-professional, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In recent years, the university has emphasized the need for students to prepare students for work and service in an expanding global community and has taken steps to internationalize the curriculum to support student needs, including an array of strategic language programs.
“The university has so many outstanding characteristics, including its senior military college status, that it”s no surprise it”s a state-designated leadership institution. I look forward to building on the university”s extraordinarily rich heritage, and I am quite eager to transition to the beautiful North Georgia mountains,”# Jacobs said.
Jacobs has served as executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at the University of North Texas since 2009. Additionally, Jacobs is a tenured professor in counseling and higher education. From 1998 to 2009, she served as vice president for student development at the University of North Texas, which is is the state”s fourth-largest institution.
Regent Richard L. Tucker, chair of the Special Regents” Committee for the presidential search, added that, “Dr. Jacobs” focus on helping students adjust to the college experience and preparation for the future is a perfect fit for North Georgia, which specializes in leadership training and producing leaders.”#
Jacobs currently serves as an executive board member on the Commission on International Programs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
She previously served as interim vice chancellor for student development and dean of students at Western Carolina University and in numerous positions at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.
Jacobs is the former editor of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and has served on three other editorial boards. Her publications include The College Transfer Student in America: The Forgotten Student and Starting From Scratch, a first-year experience textbook, and numerous chapters, journal articles and reviews. She has received more than $3 million in grant funding to support her work and has been a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on transfer student issues.
She has received numerous awards and citations, including the Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence in Assessment from the Council for the Advancement of Standards, the John Jones Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and a NASPA “Best Practice Award” in 2010 for her study abroad work in Chile. The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) selected her as a “Diamond Honoree” recipient for 2010-2011.
Jacobs earned both a bachelor”s degree in Spanish and history and a master”s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.
North Georgia College & State University is located in Dahlonega, Ga., and its campus is readily recognized by the gold-covered steeple of its historic administration building, Price Memorial Hall, surrounded by a beautiful mountain setting.