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Welcome from the Provost

Welcome to Georgia Southern University!

As the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southern, I have the privilege of working with our excellent faculty to guide the curriculum and scholarship here at the University.

In every decision we make to that end, we value student success as the most important factor. At Georgia Southern, we believe there is no greater benchmark for our success as an institution than a graduate with a great career. For our students to reach that goal, they must have first-hand exposure through internships, co-ops and research.

By sending our students into regional businesses and industries, we integrate our community and our region into the student experience. Keeping close ties with these regional partners allows us to respond to their workforce needs while we give our students unparalleled training in the field.

In addition, we give students a wealth of undergraduate research opportunities, which connect scholarship with real-world solutions our community can understand. Undergraduates work alongside our faculty in research which has gained national and international recognition, raising our reputation for excellence and serious scholarship.

This scholarship includes the liberal arts, for which I am a devoted advocate. The liberal arts and humanities provide our graduates with valuable skills — creativity, imagination and communication skills that can’t be duplicated by even the most sophisticated machines.

Georgia Southern offers our students a world of opportunities to excel, to pursue their curiosity guided by world-class teacher-scholars who are creating significant research and scholarship.

It’s an honor to serve this dynamic University, and I hope you’ll explore all the opportunities we provide to help our students succeed.

Carl L. Reiber
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University Mission Statement

Georgia Southern University is a public comprehensive and Carnegie Doctoral/Research university offering associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

The University provides transformative learning opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population through its legacy of commitment to academic excellence and personal attention. Through the shared resources of its multiple locations, the University creates vibrant learning environments that foster an inclusive, student-centered culture of engagement designed to prepare students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities. The University enhances the quality of life and drives economic development in the Coastal Georgia region, the State of Georgia, and beyond by supporting collaborative efforts in technological innovation, scientific advancement, education, health services, artistic creativity, and cultural enrichment. Faculty, staff, and students embrace the values of integrity, civility, kindness, respect, sustainability, citizenship, and social responsibility in every facet of the University.

Approved by the Board of Regents, April 19, 2017.

Academic Affairs Mission Statement

Academic Affairs has as its mission the responsibility for oversight of the University’s distinctive roles in teaching, scholarship, and service. It promotes and assures a University culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice in all teaching and learning environments and endeavors, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Academic Affairs assures that Georgia Southern’s nationally accredited academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies prepare a diverse and select undergraduate and graduate student population for leadership and service as world citizens. Supporting the actualization of this mission, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic administrative office for the University. The office works closely with the Provost and an extensive group of campus colleagues to set academic policies, implement academic strategic plans, promote and support campus-wide academic initiatives, and provide oversight for budgetary and development priorities.

Last updated: 1/6/2021