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Dr. Paul Jahr earns international campus housing award

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July 24, 2012

Paul JahrPaul JahrDr. Paul Jahr, Georgia College associate vice president for student affairs, has received the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International’s (ACUHO-I) highest honor in campus housing.

Jahr became a 2012 ACUHO-I Parthenon Award recipient for his leadership, outstanding service and supreme achievement in the profession.

“The award was a complete surprise,” said Jahr, who has worked at Georgia College for the past 24 years. “I do things because I like to do them, not because I expect anything in return. This award reinforces what I have hoped to embody throughout my service to Georgia College.”

Recipients of the award are considered high achievers and well respected by colleagues.

Former colleagues and ACUHO-I members Dr. Joe Berthiaume, director of housing at Texas Woman’s University, and Dr. Jeff Hale, executive director of university residences at Boise State University, nominated Jahr for the award.

“Dr. Jahr is a mentor, friend and in some cases a director for life,” said Berthiaume. “He epitomizes what it means to become a housing professional. He truly believes in the profession as evidenced by 38 dedicated years to ACUHO-I and to the students and staff of his campus.”

ACUHO-I is an international foundation that supports and promotes the collegiate residential experience. It provides professional connections, innovative products, programs and services and ongoing learning opportunities to members.

Jahr earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in college student personnel from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He earned his doctorate in adult education from University of Georgia.

Jahr began working at Georgia College as director of residence life during 1988. He also served as assistant and senior assistant vice president for student affairs before holding his current position at the university.

Jahr’s dedication to his profession has been a great benefit to Georgia College for years, said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bruce Harshbarger.

“The Parthenon Award is a lifetime achievement award and very much deserved by Dr. Jahr,” Harshbarger said. “Seventeen years ago when I was preparing for a job interview at Georgia College, I asked colleagues throughout the country what they knew about Georgia College. I heard over again that ‘they must have a strong Student Affairs program because Paul Jahr is there.’ His reputation in the profession has been a tremendous asset.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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