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Georgia College announces new AVP for International Education, director of International Education Center

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Dr. Eric K. SpearsDr. Eric K. Spears

Dr. Eric K. Spears will join Georgia College as the new assistant vice president for International Education and director of the International Education Center in early July.

Spears currently serves as director of the Office of International Programs at Mercer University and director of the Brazil Institute at Mercer (BRIM). Spears is also the director of the Honors Program International Scholars Track and an assistant professor of geography at Mercer.  

Spears received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Marshall University, Masters of Arts in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and a Doctorate in Geography from West Virginia University.

“Dr. Spears brings a wealth of international education and leadership experience to Georgia College,” said Dr. Kelli Brown, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Coupling his experience with the foundation we currently have, will allow us to enhance what we are already doing well and explore new international opportunities at Georgia College.”

Libby Davis has held the leadership role of interim assistant vice president during the past year and Brown says Spears will build upon the the level of excellence Davis has continued.

“Words cannot express my appreciation for Libby’s leadership this past year as she has graciously worked with campus and community leaders, as well as our students to ensure seamless continuation of all our international education activities on campus,” said Brown.

The new assistant vice president is set to enter his role on July 7, where he will report to the provost and be responsible for the advocacy, management and development of international service and programs at the university.

“Georgia College has decidedly taken the bold step to embrace engaged learning. It is an exciting place where students can engage the world through study abroad, cultural exchange and international student programming,” said Spears. “I am eager to work with colleagues and students who value international education and its important role in liberal learning.”

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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