Columbus State University Adds More Than 40 New Faculty Members This Semester

CSU also welcomes new leaders in University Advancement, General Counsel, Student Affairs and University Relations

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The beginning of the fall semester for students was also the first day of class for some new faculty on CSU's campus. For the 2016-2017 academic year, more than 40 diverse scholars joined the already strong and internationally recognized faculty.

“CSU is excited to welcome an outstanding group of new faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year,” said Tina Butcher, CSU interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These individuals hold outstanding credentials and complement the strengths and talents of our current faculty. We are pleased to have them join us as part of our campus community."

The new faculty members include:

College of the Arts:

-- Adam Forrester, Assistant Professor of Art
-- Wojciech Lorenc, Assistant Professor of Communication
-- Dr. Deborah Sellnow-Richmond, Assistant Professor of Public Relations
-- Boris Abramov, Assistant Professor of Music in Violin
-- Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins, Assistant Professor of Music in Horn
-- Dr. Stephanie Willow Patterson, Assistant Professor of Music
-- Karyn Tomczak, Assistant Professor of Theatre
-- Lacy Stein, Assistant Professor of Communication

Turner College of Business:

-- Phil Cook, Senior Lecturer of Accounting
-- Hillary Fleenor, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
-- Dr. Wen Shi, Assistant Professor of Economics
-- Dr. Suk Lin Lee, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
-- Dr. Lixin Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science
-- Dr. Umi Sridharan, Chair of Accounting and Finance Department
-- Dr. Yoon Sang Lee, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems
-- Dr. Paramjit Kahai, Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems
-- Dr. Jasmine Bordere, Assistant Professor of Accounting
-- Michael Anselm, Lecturer of Finance

College of Education & Health Professions:

-- Dr. Joseph Jones, Associate Dean in the College of Education and Health Professions
-- Dr. Janet Alexander, Director of Nursing
-- Dr. Kate Early, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
-- Erick Richman, Wellness Coordinator
-- Tiffni Williams, Nursing Department Instructor
-- Christy Leigh Larson, Nursing Department Instructor
-- Dr. L. Carime Bersh, Assistant Professor of Education
-- Dr. Michael Edmonson, Assistant Professor in Secondary Education
-- Dr. Tracey Dumas Clark, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education/Literacy
-- Dr. Chris Garretson, Assistant Professor in Counseling, Foundations and Leadership
-- Dr. Patricia Patrick, Assistant Professor in Counseling, Foundations and Leadership

College of Letters & Sciences:

-- Dr. Kerri Shelton Taylor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
-- Dr. Alan Dahl, Lecturer of Sociology
-- Dr. Stacey Sloan Blersch, Assistant Professor of Hydrology
-- Dr. William Gunter, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
-- Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, Assistant Professor of Geology
-- Natalia Naman Temesgen, Lecturer of English
-- Dr. Ryan Lynch, Assistant Professor of History
-- Dr. Rachel Mittelman, Lecturer of History
-- Dr. Jacob Holt, Assistant Professor of Political Science
-- Dr. Nathan Combes, Assistant Professor of Political Science
-- Dr. Daewoo Lee, Assistant Professor of Political Science
-- Kristen Campbell, Lecturer of Psychology
-- Dr. Aisha Siddiqui, Assistant Professor of Psychology
-- Dr. Brandt Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology

CSU also added new staff leaders in key roles around campus:

Paul “Rocky” Kettering, Vice President of University Advancement, comes to CSU from the Texas State Aquarium where he directed and raised more than $150 million in capital campaigns and fundraising initiatives. He succeeds Alan Medders, who left the university.

Craig Burgess, General Counsel, was General Counsel of South Carolina State University immediately prior to CSU. His more than 20 years of legal experience includes his tenure as an Associate and Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina and Senior Litigation Counsel for BellSouth and AT&T in Atlanta, Georgia.

Adrienne Craig, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, previously served in student affairs leadership positions at Guilford College in North Carolina, Johnson & Wales University in Florida. She succeeds Dr. Kimberly McElveen, who recently moved to Academic Affairs as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment.

Greg Hudgison, Director of University Relations, is a CSU alumnus and previously worked for Synovus as External Communications Manager and Targeted Marketing Manager for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Hudgison succeeds John Lester, who still leads the University Relations division as Associate Vice President for University and Government Relations & Special Assistant to CSU President Chris Markwood.