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Appointments to the Senior Organizational Structure

Trip Addison
Trip Addison
Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs

A “Double Eagle” graduate of Georgia Southern, Trip Addison joined the University administration in 2015. Before returning to his alma mater, Addison served in various state government roles, including deputy budget director and policy advisor to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Trip Addison is the Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs for Georgia Southern University overseeing the Office of University Advancement and Alumni Relations, the Multimedia Development Center and the Office of University Marketing and Communications as well as the University’s economic development, government relations and community engagement efforts. Additionally, Addison is the President of the Georgia Southern University Foundation.

He joined Georgia Southern University in 2015 after serving as assistant director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Addison has served as the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and as a policy adviser to Governor Deal in the areas of natural resources, tax, labor, and economic development. Addison previously served as chairman of the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council and member of the Georgia Erosion and Sediment Control Overview Council.

He is a member of the Georgia Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits. Addison earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He, his wife, Ashley, and their child, Elizabeth, reside in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

Georj Lewis, Ed.D.

Georj Lewis
Vice President for Student Affairs  

Georj Lewis, Ed.D., is Armstrong State University’s current vice president for Student Affairs, having served since 2013. He previously worked at Indiana University Northwest and as dean of students at Georgia Southern for nine years.

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Georj Lewis, Ed.D., is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Armstrong State University, and joined the University in 2013. A 23-year veteran of higher education, Lewis is responsible for providing leadership for the division of Students Affairs, advancing strategic goals of the campus and collaborating with the various campus and community stakeholders on initiatives designed to foster student success.

Throughout his career, Lewis’ experiences have enabled him to develop a comprehensive view of college campuses. Beginning with his higher education career in admissions and enrollment, Lewis coordinated minority recruitment efforts and developed a basic knowledge of all campus services and programs. After transitioning to multicultural affairs, Lewis led the diversity efforts at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and then transitioned to leading the same efforts at Georgia Southern University.

After serving as a diversity professional, Lewis went on to serve in a senior-level administrative position as Dean of Students, where he became skilled at strategic planning, leading multiple department units, and providing vision and leadership for a departments that delivered services that are critical to student growth and development. After serving at Georgia Southern for nearly 11 years, Lewis transitioned into the role of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) at Indiana University Northwest. In this role, he served as part of the senior leadership team and was engaged in the strategic vision for planning that affects student success, life and experiences on the campus.

Throughout his career, Lewis was an advocate for students, leading and collaborating in the development and implementation of programs promoting student and professional staff success. He developed grant-funded support programs to address the needs of underrepresented students and created staff development programs that facilitated excellence in student service and professional growth. In addition, Lewis has taught graduate courses on student services in higher education and undergraduate first year experience courses.

Lewis has received several awards, been invited to serve on various major campus committees, is active nationally through consulting and delivering conference presentations, and voluntarily serves in the community. He and his wife, Anchelle, have three children and two grandchildren.

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Teresa Thompson
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Teresa Thompson, Ph.D., joined Georgia Southern University in 2000. She previously served as the Director of Admissions at the University, and oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 1,500 students and an SAT average increase of 70 points. Her efforts moved Georgia Southern in state ranking for entering freshmen SATs from the bottom 25 percent to the top 25 percent.

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Dr. Teresa Thompson has been at Georgia Southern University since 2000. Prior to her role as Vice President, Dr. Thompson led Georgia Southern’s enrollment management efforts which resulted in an increase of more than 1,500 students and an increase in SAT average of 70 points. This accomplishment resulted in the University moving in state ranking for entering freshmen SAT scores from the bottom 25% in the state to the top 25% in the state. Although she still spends a great deal of time on this comprehensive effort, her role as Vice President gives her the privilege of being involved in many aspects of the institution.

As Vice President, Dr. Thompson seeks to facilitate the integration of the academic experience of students with all aspects of university and student life. Dr. Thompson leads the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as they deliver innovative programs and services which are responsive to the needs of students and foster community-building.

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Rob Whitaker
Vice President for Finance and Operations

Robert L. Whitaker joined the Georgia Southern University administration in 2013. He brings more than 24 years of success in financial management positions and higher education positions within the University System of Georgia. In these roles, Whitaker was instrumental in providing leadership to the business and finance function and developing, constructing and managing more than $326 million in privatized housing, food service and student center functions.

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Robert L. Whitaker is the Vice President for Finance and Operations at Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining Georgia Southern in 2013, Whitaker served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Georgia Highlands College, a position he held since 2008.

From 2001 to 2008, Whitaker served as the director of business services at Southern Polytechnic State University. Earlier in his career, he spent six years working in business and finance positions at the state of Georgia, including two years at the University System of Georgia system office as assistant budget director.

In his higher education roles, Whitaker has been instrumental in developing, constructing, and managing over $326 million in privatized housing, food service, and student center functions. In 2010, he received the University System of Georgia Office of Facilities Real Estate Award for Partnership with the University of West Georgia for the development of the joint Douglasville Instructional Site. He also actively worked to establish an athletics program at Georgia Highlands College. Whitaker provides leadership, planning, and management to financial services, human resources, university police, facilities planning and service, auxiliary services and athletics compliance, and has a strong history of successful stewardship of both physical and financial resources.

Whitaker is the treasurer of Georgia Southern University’s Research, Philanthropic, Housing and Athletic Foundations, and was appointed to the Shared Services Governing Board by the University System of Georgia’s Chancellor. He co-authored the Tuition Differential Analysis for Southern Polytechnic State University and the Information Technology Report for the University System of Georgia.

He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration Accounting from Morehead State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.

Additional Appointment

Bill Kelso

Bill Kelso
Associate Vice President for University Advancement

William (Bill) Kelso is the Vice President for Advancement at Armstrong State University, and joined the University administration 2012. Kelso has more than 26 years of professional experience working at Armstrong, serving in a variety of roles. In addition to his University service, Kelso has also served in many community and service organization roles.

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William (Bill) Kelso was appointed Interim Vice President for Advancement at Armstrong State University in July 2012, and was officially appointed to the role of Vice President for Advancement in July 2013. In this role, Kelso oversees all operations of the University’s advancement office, including annual giving, major and planned gifts, advancement services, alumni development and marketing and communications. As Vice President for Advancement, he also directs the Armstrong Foundation Board and Armstrong Alumni Board. Kelso is an Armstrong alumnus (’88) whose first campus job was university police officer.

Kelso has more than 26 years of professional experience working at Armstrong. Since 1990, he has served the University as assistant vice president for student affairs, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, and dean of students. He has also mentored students, led leadership seminars and taught The University Experience and Success Strategies courses at Armstrong. Kelso has worked closely with the Nick Mamalakis Emerging Leaders program and served as co-chair for the University’s Strategic Planning council.

In addition to his deep experience with Armstrong, Kelso has long been involved with many community and service organizations. He has served for many years as a volunteer for the United Way of the Coastal Empire Annual Campaign, a past-president of Oglethorpe Charter School in Savannah and a graduate of Leadership Savannah.

Kelso earned his B.A. from Armstrong and his M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. He has been honored with the Joe A. Buck Award for Outstanding Service from the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and Armstrong’s Outstanding Staff Member Award in both 1994 and 2007.

Last updated: 5/5/2017