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The Division of Continuing Education welcomes new director

dr. diane badakhsh, the new director of the division of continuing education at georgia southern university

On July 1, the Division of Continuing Education welcomed its new director, Diane Badakhsh, Ed.D., who comes to Georgia Southern University with over 10 years of experience in continuing education and over 15 years in post-secondary administration.

Prior to joining the Division, Badakhsh served as the director of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In that role, she established training partnerships with several county and city governments, as well as the United States Marine Corp.  She also worked with faculty from all academic departments within UNCW and increased CPE’s revenue by 30% each year.

“I am excited about being at a university with Georgia Southern’s reputation for academic excellence and personal attention—and leading a division with the sole purpose of connecting the resources of the university with the needs of the community,” Badakhsh stated. “Continuing education is for everyone and is a lifelong endeavor.”

Badakhsh holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on higher education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is also a licensed professional counselor, certified employee assistance professional, and a certified program planner. Her specializations include needs assessments for business and industry, succession planning, budget development and management, strategic planning and more.

The mission of the Division of Continuing Education is to support individuals and organizations who seek to accomplish more. The Division does this by serving as the link between the needs of the community and Georgia Southern University’s nationally-recognized academic resources.  Offerings include customized training for business and industry, professional development for adults, and personal enrichment courses, as well as comprehensive conference services with an array of options for every clients’ needs. For more information, visit


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