Skip to main content

May 26, 2017

Additional appointments to senior leadership organizational structure announced for the new Georgia Southern University

SAVANNAH, Ga., (May 26, 2017) — Today, Georgia Southern University President Jaimie L. Hebert, Ph.D., announced the appointment of the direct reports to the President for the new Georgia Southern University. The selection of the direct reports, decided with input from cabinet-level vice presidents, whose appointments were announced on May 5, and University System of Georgia (USG) staff, nearly completes the senior organizational structure for the consolidated University.

Both the appointments of the direct reports to the President and the vice presidents for the new University are contingent upon the Board of Regents’ approval of the new Georgia Southern University. Once approved, effective January 1, 2018, the President’s direct reports are as follows:

Jana Briley
Chief Auditor
As a “Double Eagle,” Jana Briley brings more than 27 years of experience as an accounting professional and holds the professional designation of Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Maura Copeland
Executive Counsel
Maura Copeland has served Georgia Southern for more than 10 years, first as Associate University Attorney and then as Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs. Prior to Georgia Southern, she served as a judicial law clerk in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Tom Kleinlein
Athletics Director
Tom Kleinlein was officially announced as Georgia Southern’s Director of Athletics on Nov. 12, 2012. A former college football player at Wake Forest University, Kleinlein joined the Eagles following two years at Kent State University, where he served as the deputy athletics director, and five years at Arizona State University, where he served as the associate athletics director for football.

Leigh Price
Executive Associate to the President
Leigh Price joined Georgia Southern University as an administrative specialist in the Office of the President in 2006. Price brings more than 10 years of managerial and business experience to her position, previously serving as a recreation manager and supervisor at the Hyatt Regency Hilton Head and as the owner/operator of a small business.

Ron Stalnaker
Chief Information Officer
Ron Stalnaker brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, corporate technology and leadership to his role as Chief Information Officer. Prior to his 12 years with Georgia Southern, he worked at IBM Global Services, leading projects and offering strategic guidance to Fortune 500 companies and state and local government entities.

Hebert has not yet announced the appointment of the campus lead for Armstrong/Liberty which was included in the senior organizational structure approved by the University System of Georgia. Unlike other direct report positions which are well-defined positions and currently exist, the new campus lead position requires additional attention to fully define the responsibilities and requirements of the role. The campus lead and other appointments are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

For full bios and updates regarding the consolidation between Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, please visit

On Jan. 11, 2017, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University, ultimately creating a new Georgia Southern University with three campus locations in Savannah, Hinesville and Statesboro. CIC members, Functional Area co-chairs and OWGs uniting Armstrong and Georgia Southern faculty and staff are currently examining and working through all aspects of the consolidation.

For updates regarding the consolidation between Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University, please visit


Armstrong State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1935. Today, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the College of Education and the College of Health Professions. Armstrong serves approximately 7,100 students at its main campus in Savannah and at a regional center in Hinesville. The university’s diverse student population comes from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 67 countries. Visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit

Last updated: 5/26/2017