Speakers

RauhutGeneral Curt Rauhut
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

General Curt Rauhut has been the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer since 2014, after serving 30 years in the military.  As a military Finance Corps officer, he successfully led financial management operations in complex domestic and international organizations ranging in size up to 40,000 people with the ability for inspiring team work to achieve high level performance.  He is an effective communicator at all levels of government including members of Congress.  His experience includes financial management, budget development & analysis, accounting & auditing, strategic planning, contract management, and recruiting.

As Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, he directly supervises the daily operations of all 12 campuses within the institution, which includes financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.  He oversees the growth of enrollment to include expanding campuses and programs offered.  He is directly responsible for strategic planning for the institution for effectiveness and efficiency.  He is responsible for directing the institutional marketing campaign to think and act as one institution.

General Rauhut has both a BS in Accounting & Auditing and a BS in Military Science from Jacksonville State University.  He received his MBA in Comptrollership from Syracuse University before attending the Naval War College where he received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.

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Mike Holmes, Ph.D.
Sr. VP, Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Holmes is an Oklahoma native.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and completed his Master’s of Education degree in Junior College Teaching with an emphasis in Psychology from NSU as well.  He received his PH.D. in Experimental/Cognitive Psychology from Oklahoma State University.  While working on his master’s degree, Dr. Holmes was offered a teaching assistantship.  After his first day of teaching, he knew that he was hooked.  Dr. Holmes has 12 years of classroom teaching experience and has taught at Northeastern State University, North Arkansas Community College, Oklahoma State University, Doane College, and Villanova University.

During his time at Doane College, he became interested in a military career.  He was commissioned into the U.S. Navy on July 6th, 1986 and, following aviation training in Pensacola, Florida, was designated a Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1987.  During his first two tours, he primarily worked in the area of human factors engineering research and design on the F-14D Tomcat as well as on Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft.  In his next assignment as a department head, he led teams conducting research in the areas of personnel selection and sustained military operations.  Dr. Holmes’ next assignment was as Head, Operational Psychology Department at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute where he managed the Aviation Selection Test Battery and also served as the training officer for student Aerospace Experimental Psychologists and supported the training of Naval Flights Surgeons.  He next reported to the Naval Air Systems Command – Training Systems Division where he managed both research and development (R&D) and acquisition programs for training systems.  During this tour, he received extensive program management training and experience and was certified by the Department of Defense as a level III (highest) Program Manager.  His next tour was as Deputy Director of the Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory.  In 2004, Dr. Holmes reported to the U.S. Navy Human Performance Center as Head of the R&D Coordination Directorate and as Deputy for the Human Performance Technology Support and Development Directorate.  He is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).  He retired from the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2007 after 21 years of active duty service and accepted his current position at Georgia Military College.

Dr. Holmes and his wife, Sally, have been married for over 35 years and are the proud parents of one son and three daughters.  They have four grandsons.

 

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Jody Yearwood
Executive Director of the Online Campus/Vice President of IT

Jody Yearwood is originally from Atlanta, GA, but he moved to Milledgeville, GA in 1998.  He attended Georgia College & State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a Major in Information Systems.  Jody is currently pursuing a Masters of Management of Information Systems.  Jody has been with GMC for 13 years and has worked in a variety of positions including Director of Web Technologies and the Associate Vice President of Enterprise Applications.  Jody is currently the Vice President for Information Technology | Enrollment Management and the Executive Director of the Online Campus.  Jody most loves working at GMC because he gets to change lives each and every day.  “Our students deserve the best education at an affordable price, and we are dedicated to their success”.

 

Robin 2013Robin Knight
Associate Vice President of Academic Records

Robin Knight is originally from Columbus, GA, where she graduated from George Washington Carver High School.  During her husband’s 25 year naval career, she endured 20 relocations, numerous deployments, raised two children, earned her certificate as a secondary teacher, and became a certified child care provider.  During this time, she also received her Bachelor’s of Social Science Education at the University of Georgia and Master’s of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

During that period, Robin worked in various educational capacities including volunteer, tutor, aide, teacher, and academic advisor.  Following their military retirement, she continued her career in education and was selected as Georgia Military College’s Registrar in 2005.  In 2015, she became the Associate Vice President of Academic Records.

 

AlisaAlisa Stephens
Director of Financial Aid

Alisa Stephens is a financial aid expert, with over 30 years of experience, beginning with a Federal Work-Study position in the financial aid office and culminating today as the Director of Financial Aid at GMC.  Alisa has been a Financial Aid Assistant, Financial Aid Counselor and Disbursement Operations Manager for a proprietary college system, responsible for the financial aid operations for 92 colleges nationwide.  In January 1997, she received a phone call from Georgia Military College to become a Financial Aid Counselor.  She was hired for the position and several months later, became the Associate Director of Financial Aid.  In 2001, she accepted the position of Director of Financial Aid for GMC, where she has served for the past 16 years.

 

 

KatieKatie Johnson
Director of Academic Support/Student Disability Services

Katie began working in Disability Services in 2005 at the University of Mississippi after the completion of her bachelors of psychology and sociology.  She started her career in disability services at the University of Mississippi (UofM). A major accomplishment during her time at UofM was the development of a text conversion program which produced: mp3’s, Daisy files, accessible PDFs, Tactile images and Braille grade 1, 2 and Nemeth. Just a year before leaving the UofM, she began a master’s program to continue her education to fulfill a personal goal and she appreciates the support of the institution and her colleagues during this journey.

Additionally, during her time at UofM a colleague and she collected contact information for the colleges in Mississippi and established the MS AHEAD affiliate to the National Disability Organization, Association on Higher Education and Disability.  GMC’s MS-AHEAD affiliate served the state providing low cost professional development and a network of colleagues willing and ready help.

In 2011 she moved to GA and began working at Georgia Military College as the Director of Academic Support and Manager of Student Disability Services.  Over the last 6 years, GMC has made leaps and bounds in providing an accessible education to students at all 13 of our campuses.  As part of the progression, GMC has developed working relations with engineering, purchasing, information technology, faculty, and online development.  GMC is working as a team responsible for providing accessible programs and services to all those that visit our campuses.

In 2012, she began working with GA AHEAD the state affiliate for AHEAD as the secretary and as part of the planning committee for the conference.  Throughout the last 5 years, she has also served the organization as the President-Elect and currently serve as the President (2016-2017).  GA AHEAD strives to provide professional development and creates a network of disability services personnel that can seek assistance and guidance from one another.  The men and women involved have done phenomenal work to keep the organization active and supportive for those in the state.

In May 2014, she completed a Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration Student Personnel and had the opportunity to teach a GMC success course, which provided a profound perspective into the view of faculty and only gave her more of an application of the jobs they do for GMC’s students.

Currently at GMC, the team in Academic Affairs has launched a pilot aimed at furthering the reach into student success by adding full-time success coaches with the Starfish retention solution.  GMC envisions a successful program that helps students attain their educational goals.   She continues to look forward to the positive impact that those in higher education have on the younger generations.

 

Brooke Bruton
Assistant Director/Dean of Students of the Online Campus

Brooke Bruton is from Rome, GA but has been a resident of Milledgeville, GA for four years. After graduating high school in 2006, Brooke enrolled at Georgia Southern University.  In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Spanish. She immediately continued her education at Georgia Southern University and received a Master’s of Science in Sports Management in 2012. During her master’s program, she received a graduate assistantship with Eagle Sports Marketing where she began pursuing a career in marketing and sales. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta to work for a business-to-business sales company. In 2013, she moved to Milledgeville to accept a position as an Admissions Counselor with Georgia Military College Online Campus.  She was promoted to the Assistant Director/Dean of Students position in June 2014.  As the Assistant Director/Dean of Students, she manages the enrollment team including admissions, financial aid, advising, business office, and the dual enrollment program.  She also is an adjunct instructor for online first-year experience courses.  Since joining the GMC team, she has enjoyed helping students pursue their educational goals and developing different business plans.

Brooke and her husband, Drew, have been married for 2 years and are expecting their first child in May.

 

Jeff Wells
Academic Dean of the Online Campus

Jeff Wells is a 10th generation Georgian, as well as a graduate of Montgomery County High School where he also returned in 2000 and was elected to one term on the public school board there.  Jeff attended Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia and graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in history.  He began teaching high school in 1998 at Pinewood Christian Academy before becoming the headmaster of Vidalia Heritage Academy in 2001.  Desiring a return to the classroom, Jeff became the history and English department chair at Trinity Christian School where he taught until 2005 and was named Star Teacher in 2004 and GISA Girls Region Tennis Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 he took a position teaching English at Stratford Academy in Macon. During that time, he completed his master’s degree in history at Georgia College and State University where he was a graduate assistant from 2004-2005 and the Dr. William Ivey Hair Outstanding Graduate Student in History. That same year, Jeff took a full-time teaching position at Georgia Military College’s Atlanta campus. In 2007, he was promoted to the GMC-Atlanta Social and Behavioral Sciences department chair. In 2008, Jeff was named Georgia Military College’s Character Educator of the Year. One year later, Dr. Mike Holmes, GMC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs appointed Jeff as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair-a position he held until 2015 when he was named the Academic Dean of GMC’s Online campus.  In 2010, Jeff was named the Junior College Educator of the Year for GMC.

Jeff is also a writer and is the author of four books on Georgia history. He is also an amateur genealogist, and in his spare time he enjoys horror films, reading, discussing politics, a good cup of coffee, time spent with friends and family, and walking. He served a term as the president of the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties and held a seat on the McDonough Tourism Council.  He holds ordination as a Southern Baptist minister and deacon, and pastored a church that his 6th great grandfather helped found. When asked what he enjoys the most about Georgia Military College, his response was “the opportunity to be part of people’s education and journey to make themselves better thinkers and citizens.”

 

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Principal, Oconee County High School
Keynote Speaker

Ben Wiggins is the principal of Oconee County High School and is also the President of GASSP (Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals).  He has 17 years of experience in educational administration working at three different school districts in the state of Georgia.  He began his career in Moulttrie, GA working for the Colquitt County School System where he taught social studies and served as an assistant principal.  He then becuase principal of Pelham High School where he served from 2009-2014.  In 2014, he was name principal of Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, GA.

Ben graduated from Samford University in 1993.  He later received his M.Ed from the University of Montevallo and his ED.S from Albany State University.  He is married to his wife, Jana who works for the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government.  Their oldest son is a graduate of UGA and their daughter is a senior at Oconee County High School.

 

Camille Murner
Principal, Jasper County High School

Camilla Murner is a seasoned educator, currently serving as Principal at Jasper County High School in Monticello, GA.  She has served in public education for 30 years, 16 of these as principal at various diverse secondary schools.  Ms. Murner’s personal mission is to help students find their own sense of purpose and passion in a rapidly evolving world defined by its fluid and unprecedented challenges and opportunities.  A visionary leader, she inspires others – students, educations, and other stakeholders – towards creative problem-solving and towards achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Camille graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in history.  She also received her specialist degree in leadership from Georgia College & State University.

 

Kayla Brownlow
First-Year Experience Department Chair of the Online Campus

Kayla Brownlow has lived in Georgia for most of her life. She moved to Milledgeville from Atlanta in 2006 to attend college at Georgia College and State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, where she really came to enjoy the lifestyle in Milledgeville. She went on to earn a master’s of science in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University. Kayla enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with her and husband and dog, and is looking forward to welcoming their first child in September.  She has been employed with GMC since June of 2014 and really enjoys the camaraderie and positive work environment that GMC has to offer.  In October of 2016, Kayla was promoted to First Year Experience Department Chair at the Online Campus and has flourished since taking on this new role.  She has really enjoyed her time at GMC and wirking in higher education; she hopes that she can continue to serve this population in the future.

 

 Kelly Weems
Mathematics Department Chair of the Online Campus

Kelly is a Professor of Mathematics and the Math Department Chair for the Online Campus.  In addition, she serves as the Mathematics Division Chair and Learning Technology Coordinator for all of GMC’s campuses.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern College and Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Georgia College.  Professor Weems has been with GMC since 1995 and has held positions in both teaching and administration.

 

 

 

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John Swann
Social Science Department Chair for the Online Campus

John received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, with concentrations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Resource Management and his M.A.T. in General Social Science at Portland State University, with History and Geography accreditation. His research specializations include American and European Landscape History, Late Modern European History, Public History, as well as Cultural, Historical, and Political Geography. John’s academic interests range from Modern U.S. History, Geographic Information Science, Interactive History / Geography for the Web, Education, Documentary Filmmaking, Film History and Docudramas, Land Use and Urban Studies, and Multimedia. He taught history and geography for Central Texas College’s NCPACE program before joining GMC in 2009. John has also been teaching for Park University’s online campus since 2013, which provides him an opportunity to teach freshman through junior level geography courses. He lives in Atlanta and really enjoys the collaborative academic and creative professional environment of the online campus because it offers students several advantages including greater flexibility, convenient scheduling options, as well as enhanced interaction and engagement.

 

Jessica Bahn
Natural Sciences Department Chair for the Online Campus

Jessy was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in Snellville, Georgia(Gwinnett County). She graduated from South Gwinnett High School and attended Georgia College and State University where she graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and 2010 with a M.S. in Biology. While attending GC&SU, she conducted undergraduate and graduate research for the biology department and taught science labs as a teaching assistant. She tutored for GMC Milledgeville beginning in 2008 and taught for GMC Milledgeville beginning in 2010. She loves working for GMC because the student population is great; they are diverse, interesting, and fun. She likes that GMC is not a giant university where it’s difficult to build relationships with employees and students.

 

 

Chris Simonavice
Business and Computer Science Department Chair of the Online Campus

Chris Simonavice is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, his Master of Business Administration, and his Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management degrees from Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky). After graduating, Chris began working for his alma mater, serving as the Teleconferencing Center Director. After moving on from his alma mater, he served as the Training and Web Support Specialist for the Graduate School at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida). He currently works for the Georgia Military College Online Campus as the Department Chair of Business and Computer Information Systems where he enjoys teaching online courses.

 

 

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Lee Ogletree
Humanities Department Chair of the Online Campus

Lee is originally from Tifton, GA, but currently lives in Valdosta. He received a B.A. in English from Valdosta State University in 2002 and his M.A. from Georgia College and State University in 2006. Since then he has worked for GMC as an English instructor on the Milledgeville campus (2006-10), the Advising Center Supervisor on the Valdosta campus (2010-2011), and now as the Department Chair for Humanities and Education for GMC’s Online Campus. The things he most enjoys about working for the online campus include the challenge (and rewards) of online instruction, as well as the flexibility that online teaching offers. Lee believes he has a great faculty that do really amazing work for the online classes, which is a pleasure to see.

 

Caroline McDade
Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Caroline McDade is a native of Ivey, GA and an honor graduate of Georgia Military College (2010).  She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelors of Science in 2013.  She began working with Georgia Military College in the Human Resource Department in 2015 as the Recruiting Coordinator where she focused on recruitment, retention, and coordinating the hiring process.  She also implemented a new application tracking system, trained on new systems and policies, cultivated the Federal Work Study Program and build applicant funnels for new employees.  She moved to the Online Campus in August 2016 as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator.  Her efforts focus on recruitment and retention of students and high school partnerships throughout the state.  Her love for mentoring and developing young students began with her work in the federal work study program and it carried over to her new position.

Caroline is married to a GMC alumni, Kyle, and they have two children.

 

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Ryan Taylor
Online Instruction Librarian

Ryan attended Emory University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in History.  He received a Master’s in Library Science at Drexel University.  Before moving to Milledgeville, he worked at Emory University in the Special Collections and Archives department.  He also taught high school students in Huntsville, Alabama.  He now resides in Milledgeville, Georgia.