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In May 2023, the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees named Dr. Anthony Leigh (EdD, 2019) as the college’s 15th President. Leigh’s tenure as president will begin on July 1, 2024.  Leigh has been a member of the Huntingdon College administration since 2009. Reflecting on his professional experiences at Huntingdon College, Leigh stated, “I’m blessed with a great staff that has helped me successfully serve in both roles. Serving Huntingdon…
The Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Meseret Hailu as assistant professor of higher education effective August 1, 2024. Dr. Hailu conducts sophisticated mixed methods research into student identity and educational opportunity and outcomes. She has done comparative studies into the experiences of undergraduate Black women in East Africa and the United States.  Dr. Hailu’s work has also…
The McBee Institute welcomes Jad El Ladiki as a special programs coordinator. He will primarily support the Executive Ed.D. and Governor’s Teaching Fellows programs. Jad is a 2022 graduate of the University of Florida, with a BA in Business Administration. Following his graduation from the University of Florida, Jad served as a Legal Clerk for a law office in Gainesville, Florida until he moved to Athens. Read more about Jad on his profile page.
by William Walker As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more mainstream, so too do challenges with thinking, teaching, and learning with AI. For example, in a recent essay published in The Chronicle of Higher Education ("AI detection is a business. But should it be a faculty business?”), José Antonio Bowen and McBee Institute fellow, C. Edward Watson, discuss the lack of accuracy that is associated with certain online AI detection tools.…
The Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Michael Smith as assistant professor of higher education beginning July 1, 2024. He joins the McBee Institute from the University of California, Merced where he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Higher Education, Race & the Economy Lab since 2021. McBee IHE Interim Director Jim Hearn says, “Our faculty members are pleased to have recruited…
The Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer M. Blaney as associate professor of higher education effective July 1, 2024. “Dr. Blaney’s portfolio complements and expands existing curricular offerings and research opportunities for our students,” said Interim Director Jim Hearn. He continued, “Her appointment will strengthen the research, instruction, and outreach mission of the Institute…
This month marks the 10-year work anniversary of Megan Holloway. Megan joined the McBee Institute staff in April 2014 as Graduate Program Administrator. As her responsibilities steadily expanded, Megan was promoted in 2019 to her current position as Coordinator of Academic Affairs. Prior to her work at IHE, Megan served on staff with the UGA Disability Resource Center. This was her first professional position upon completing a master’s degree in…
From press release: Over the past two decades, numerous colleges have added football teams in a quest to add students, particularly male students, and to use the popularity of athletics to build their brands. However, new research from UGA’s Carmical Sports Media Institute and the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education finds that adding a football team does not give a college enrollment or tuition advantages over its peers.  The study…
Insights from Rachel Burns (McBee PhD), a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, are featured heavily in a CNN.com article on financial solvency at US private colleges. Burns provides an overview of strains and opportunities for schools with smaller endowments and context for the recent acceleration of college closings.  Burns notes that federal assistance during the pandemic provided a critical…
Two research teams with McBee faculty mentors presented at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) symposium on Monday, April 8. The annual CURO symposium celebrates the work of teams across campus, including projects led by Dr. Erik Ness and Dr. Krystal L. Williams. As a highlight and culmination of months of work, undergraduate students make short oral presentations or prepare poster sessions to showcase their research. Dr.…

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