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Jacobs named president of North Georgia College & State University

Bonita JacobsBonita Jacobs, left, executive director of UNT’s National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, has been named president of North Georgia College & State University by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Jacobs is a tenured professor in counseling and higher education at UNT. From 1998 to 2009, she served as vice president for student development.

Jacobs, the first woman to serve as president at North Georgia, will succeed retiring president David Potter. Jacobs begins July 1.

Jacobs is the former editor of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and has served on three other editorial boards. Her publications include The College Transfer Student in America: The Forgotten Student and Starting From Scratch, a first-year experience textbook, and numerous chapters, journal articles and reviews. She has received more than $3 million in grant funding to support her work and is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on transfer student issues.

She has received the Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence in Assessment from the Council for the Advancement of Standards, the John Jones Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the association's Best Practice Award for work in Chile. The American College Personnel Association selected her as a Diamond Honoree recipient for 2010-2011.

Jacobs is an executive board member on the Commission on International Programs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Before joining UNT, she was interim vice chancellor for student development and dean of students at Western Carolina University and held numerous positions at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jacobs earned both a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history and a master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

Posted on: Tue 10 May 2011

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