Magazine Recognizes Columbus State President

CSU President Tim MesconCOLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University President Tim Mescon finds himself in good company today after being named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” in the January issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

He’s among about a half dozen university leaders across the state and a separate roster of about the same size of Columbus-area honorees. While others, such as Aflac CEO Dan Amos, are veterans of the list, now in its 14th year, Mescon is a first-timer.


An introduction to the list offers an overview: “The process of developing the list is, for all practical purposes, a yearlong effort, but the editorial staff of the magazine begins deliberation in earnest in the summer months and comes up with the final slate of names in the late fall – subject, of course, to hirings, firings, retirements and the occasional fall from grace.”

Of Mescon, Georgia Trend noted that he’s expanded the “reach” of the university, with more than half of the most recent applicant pool coming from the Atlanta area, where Mescon personally participated in recruiting efforts. It also noted the university’s enrollment increase to 8,300-plus students, the addition of CSU’s first doctorate and an expanded footprint in the local economy.

Mescon had been dean of Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business when he became, in August 2008, the fourth president in CSU’s first half century, selected after an extensive, nationwide search. He’s also served in administrative and business faculty roles at Arizona State University, the University of Miami and Salisbury University in Maryland. The co-author of four books and author of 200-plus journal articles, Mescon has also served in visiting faculty roles in England, China, Romania and Israel.

Since arriving at Columbus State, he’s also been active in the community, overseeing a successful United Way campaign and also serving on the local boards of the Boy Scouts, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and Fort Benning Futures Partnership Board.

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Photo: Timothy Mescon