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Office of the President

Executive Leadership Team

The university's Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is to be a model of collaborative leadership who will analyze, debate, and decide on critical issues that fundamentally affect CSU. The ELT meetings will ensure all members of ELT are informed on pertinent issues. Each member of the ELT will be encouraged to grow as a leader to better serve the university.

Chris Markwood


Background: Columbus State University's 5th president. Formerly provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and interim chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. | Degrees: B.S., Southwest Baptist University; master's and PhD from University of Missouri-Columbia. | Richards Hall 108. |

Rocky Kettering

Vice President for University Advancement

Background: Former vice president of development and external relations at the Texas State Aquarium, and worked at St. Mary’s University, our Lady of the Lake University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta. | Degrees: BS, Louisiana State University; M.A., Saint Mary's University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University | Richards Hall 116 |

Craig Burgess

General Counsel

Background: Burgess 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. | Degrees: B.S., The Citadel; J.D., University of South Carolina. | Richards Hall 206 |

Deborah Bordelon

Provost and Executive Vice President

Background: Provost and vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in Illinois Degrees: Doctorate in special education, a master's in education and a bachelor's degree in elementary education, all from the University of New Orleans. | Richards Hall, 305 | | Academic Affairs

Tom Helton

Vice President for Business and Finance

Background: Associate vice president for business and finance and director of planned giving | Degrees: B.A., Samford University; M.Ed., University of Alabama; Ed.S., Columbus State University; Ed.D., Columbus State University | Richards Hall, 212 | | VP for Business & Finance

Gina Sheeks

Vice President for Student Affairs

Background: Associate VP for student affairs; interim chair, Department of Communication; Career Center director Degrees: B.A., M.A., Murray State University (Kentucky); Ph.D., Georgia State University | Schuster Student Success Center, 216 | | Student Life

Abraham George

Vice President of Information Technology/CIO

Background: Executive director of Computer Information and Networking Services, Columbus State University | Degrees: BSEE, Kerala University, India; MSEE, Tuskegee University | Center for Commerce and Technology, 137 | | University Information & Technology Services

Ed Helton

Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development

Background: Interim Executive Director, Cunningham Center; Managing Director and Executive Director of Leadership Institute, Client Relations | Degrees: B.A. and M.A., Samford University | Cunningham Center, 307 | | Leadership Institute

John Lester

Chief of Staff

Background: Executive director of public and community relations, CSU; assistant director of news and public affairs, University of Florida | Degrees: B.A., University of Florida; MPA, Columbus State University; D.P.A., Valdosta State University | Richards Hall, 108 | | University Relations

Todd Reeser

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Background: Former executive senior associate athletics director for development and sports services at Georgia State University | Degrees: B.A, Illinois State, Ill.; M.Sc., St. Thomas University, Fla. | Lumpkin Center, 203 | | Athletics

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