Dr. Dorothy Leland
Leland came to Georgia College & State University, Georgia's public liberal arts university, with nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of college and university leadership positions, most recently as vice president at the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University and professor of philosophy. She also held leadership positions at Purdue University, her alma mater.
At Georgia College, she oversees a residential liberal arts campus and two commuter centers with a combined enrollment of more than 5,600 students and almost 800 faculty and staff.
Leland combines visionary leadership with a pragmatic focus on finding ways to get things accomplished. At the heart of her vision is for Georgia College to become one of the nation's very best public liberal arts universities. This demands a focus on academic excellence and innovation - what Leland calls "pillars of distinction." Additionally, Leland has begun initiatives to strengthen the university's endowment. She is also placing an added emphasis on retaining students from year to year, and is working to increase the geographic, economic and ethnic diversity of incoming classes.
As one of the University System of Georgia's state universities, Georgia College also provides graduate programs to meet area workforce needs. Leland's goal is to continue developing the Milledgeville campus as a residential, undergraduate liberal arts college while refocusing graduate and professional education in Macon and Warner Robins.
Leland is active in the local community, pushing for economic development partnerships among the city, county and university that will strengthen downtown Milledgeville and create a diversity of businesses there. She is a member of Forward Baldwin and serves on the board of directors for the Oconee River Greenway Foundation and the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation.
Building alumni relations is also a key goal for Leland. She is working with the Alumni Association to strengthen ties and cultivate loyalty to the university, which has been transformed many times, but is returning to its roots as a statewide institution with a strong academic mission grounded in the liberal arts.
Since coming to Georgia College, Leland has been named to several state boards, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Georgia Council on Economics Education board of trustees, the Georgia Department of Corrections Corporate Advisory Board and the PAGE Foundation board of trustees. Leland also is a member of a number of professional organizations, including American Association of Higher Education, Society for College and University Planning, American Association of University Women and American Philosophical Association.
Leland holds a bachelor of arts degree in English, a master of arts degree in American studies, and a doctoral degree in philosophy, all earned at Purdue University.