CLASS National Advisory Board, established in 2003, is a distinguished group of alumni and friends of the college that were appointed by the President of Georgia Southern University, Dr. Bruce Grube. These individuals sit as an advisory board to the Dean of the College to discuss and advise on matters that impact the development and growth of the college and its departments.
Advisory in nature, the board plays an important role in bringing an external perspective on matters of planning and development for the college. The College is dedicated to preparing students to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving and diverse world, and the college advisory board is uniquely situated to assist the college in fulfilling this goal.
Lonice C. Barrett is a native of Perry, Georgia. He
graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1965 with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Recreation Administration. He received a Masters Degree
in Education with Parks & Recreation emphasis in 1977 from Georgia State
Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontology
When Lee Berger accepted the National Geographic Society’s
first $100,000 Research and Exploration Prize in 1997, he was also coming
into his own as the heir-apparent of the mantle once worn by famed anthropologist
Louis Leakey. The prize was established to recognize a single individual
who epitomizes the qualities inherent in the Society’s goal to
increase and diffuse geographic knowledge.
Executive Director, Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority
Chris Clark is the executive director of the Georgia
Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA). GEFA serves as the state
bank by providing financing for water and sewer infrastructure projects,
reservoirs, weatherization, state fuel tanks, recycling and solid waste
projects. GEFA is home to Conserve Georgia, the Governor’s Energy Challenge
2020, the Georgia Land Conservation Program, the State Energy Office
and Georgia’s Energy Innovation Center.
Executive Director, Leadership DeKalb, Inc.
Ms. Fountain is employed as Executive Director of Leadership
DeKalb, Inc. a community leadership program that offers leadership training
to adults and high school students.
Susan Grosse Huelsewiesche
Gallery Director and Co-owner of Gallery 33 West
Susan Grosse Huelsewiesche has lived in Statesboro
with her family for 27 years. She earned a BFA from Georgia Southern
University. Susan and her husband Ludger own Farmer Automatic, Inc.
Susan has shared her time and love for the arts to help bring the arts
into her hometown. With the development of the Averitt Center for
the Arts, she accepted the task of bringing in art exhibits to
entertain and teach. During this time she saw a need for more avenues
for exhibiting fine art. Susan collaborated with Greg Carter in opening
Gallery West 33.
Senior Director, Benefits, Koch Business Solutions
Jody Hunter serves as Senior Director, Benefits for Koch Business Solutions, LP (KBS). KBS provides accounting, human resources, tax and technology services to all thirteen of Koch Industries major business including Georgia-Pacific, Invista, Flint Hill Resources, ChemTech, Koch Supply and Trading, Koch Pipeline and Koch Ranching. In his role, Jody oversees the strategic direction of retirement and health and welfare programs including its medical, dental, life, disability programs, defined contribution and benefit pension plans for all of Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the United States.
Before transferring to KBS in 2009, Jody served as senior director of benefits for Georgia Pacific for 10 years. Prior to joining GP, he served as benefits administrator for AGL Resources, the parent company of Atlanta Gas Light Company. Jody also served as a staff member of the Atlanta Healthcare Alliance, a business medicine health care coalition, based in Atlanta. He began his career in health planning and data analysis with the Southeast Georgia Health Systems Agency and also served as Director, Georgia Center for Health Statistics in the Georgia Department of Public Health. Jody received a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia Southern University in 1978.
Jody has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University where he taught strategic management. He recently served on the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia, Health and Welfare Benefits. He currently services on the Board of Advisors for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University as well as customer advisory boards for CVS/Caremark, Thomson/Reuters (Medstat), United Health Care and Anthem BCBS.
Jody is a native of Savannah, GA and currently lives in Atlanta. He
is married and has one son. In his spare time, Jody enjoys traveling,
flying, and fly fishing.
Rose Mae Millikan
Retired Professor, Math Department
Rose Mae Millikan received her Ed.S. in math education
and B.F.A. in painting from Georgia Southern University. She attended
the Savannah College of Art and Design. Later, she received her M.Ed.
in math and science education and a B.A. in chemistry from the University
Jennifer Abshire Patterson
CEO of Abshire Public RelationsJennifer Abshire Patterson is the Founder/CEO of Abshire Public Relations in Savannah, Georgia. Raised in Marietta, Georgia, Jennifer earned her BS in Communications from Georgia Southern University in 1988. She began her career in Savannah’s non-profit sector and in 1992 became the Executive Director of Savannah's Olympic Committee, an extension of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Immediately after the 1996 Olympics, Jennifer founded Abshire and Associates, which later became Abshire Public Relations.
Abshire Public Relations provides resource development, strategic planning, corporate/special events and the creation and implementation of long-range public relations/marketing programs for a diverse group of clients.
Jennifer is a graduate and past program chair for Leadership Georgia and Leadership Savannah and serves on the board of Savannah Technical College Foundation, the Savannah Economic Development Authority Advisory Board, as well as Georgia Southern University’s CLASS National Advisory Board.
She was recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine's Top "40 Under 40" Business Leaders for 1999, as well as one of The South Magazine’s 2006 “Stars of the South” and 2009 “Savannah Power Players”.
Jennifer is married to John Patterson and has two children. They reside in the Isle of Hope area of Savannah, Georgia.
Director, Filson Historical SocietyMark Wetherington was born in Tifton, Georgia and grew up in Milan. He attended public schools in Telfair and Dodge counties. From 1968 – 1972 he served in the U.S. Navy.
He received the B.A. and Master’s degrees in history at Georgia Southern and earned a Ph.D. in history in1985 at the University of Tennessee.
Since 1983 he has been actively involved in the management of historical societies in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Kentucky. He served as director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, 1986- 1989, South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston,1989 - 1993, and The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky, from 1993 to the present.
He has spent thirty years researching and writing about the history
of South Georgia. His first book THE NEW SOUTH COMES TO WIREGRASS GEORGIA,
1860 – 1910 won the American Historical Association’s Herbert
Feis book award in 1995. His second book, PLAIN FOLK’S FIGHT:
THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION IN PINEY WOODS GEORGIA, was published
in 2005. He has also served as an adjunct history professor at the University
of Tennessee and the University of Louisville.