CSU’s Academic Affairs VP to Deliver ‘Last Lecture’

COLUMBUS, Ga. – George E. Stanton, vice president for academic affairs and a longtime biology professor at Columbus State University, will offer a “last lecture” titled “In Darwin’s Steps” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Stanley Hall 203.

The event, followed by a reception, is free and open to the public as part of the CSU Student Government Association’s Last Lecture Series, which was inspired by a 2007 speech by Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon computer professor who later died of cancer. His rendition of The Last Lecture was adapted later into a New York Times best-selling book by the same title. As with Pausch, CSU’s SGA has framed its lecture series by faculty around the question, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”

George StantonStanton, a CSU faculty member since 1969, moved into CSU’s top academic post in 2006. He has announced that, following retirement on May 1, he will return to teaching part time.

Before becoming vice president, Stanton had served as College of Science dean since 2004, following a year as interim dean overseeing one of CSU's largest colleges.

A Pennsylvania native, Stanton arrived at what was then Columbus College within days after defending his dissertation at the University of Maine. He was the Georgia Science Teacher Association College Science Teacher of the Year in 1997, and CSU's 1972 Distinguished Professor of the Year. He became the first chair of CSU’s Department of Biology in 1982 and served in that position for 21 years. He was also the first faculty advisor of the Biology Club (now Tri Beta) and served as advisor or co-advisor for 33 years.

Beyond CSU, Stanton served on Muscogee County school board for 10 years, including two years as president. He is currently a board member and president-elect of Trees Columbus. He has served as chair of the Columbus Tree Board for five years.

CSU’s SGA launched its “last lecture” series last fall with a talk by music professor Kristen Hansen. For more information, call the SGA office at 706-568-2403.