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Executive Leadership Team - Columbus State University

Office of the President

Executive Leadership Team

The Columbus State 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.

John M. Fuchko III

John M. Fuchko III, Ed.D.
Interim President

Background: Became interim president in July 2022; during his 15-year tenure with the University System of Georgia, his most recent appointment was as as vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness, he oversees enterprise risk management, compliance and ethics, athletics oversight, strategic implementation, accreditation and various other administrative functions; he is also a colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard and commander of the 122nd Tactical Support Detachment.

Education: B.S., political science, Kennesaw State University; MBA, management, Georgia State University, M.S., strategic intelligence, National Intelligence University; M.S., strategic studies, U.S. Army War College; Ed.D., higher education administration, University of Georgia.

Office: Richards Hall 108


Pat McHenry

Pat McHenry, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Background: A member of the university faculty since 1996, his service has included: professor of English; associate dean of the College of Letters & Sciences; interim dean of both the College of Letters & Sciences and College of the Arts; and most recently, associate provost and associate vice president for undergraduate education

Education: B.A. from St. Ambrose College; M.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University; Ph.D. in English renaissance literature from Ohio University.

Office: Richards Hall, 305


Craig Burgess

Craig Burgess, Esq.
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

Education: B.S., The Citadel; J.D., University of South Carolina

Office: Richards Hall 206


Rocky Kettering

Rocky Kettering, Ed.D., CFRE
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

Education: BS, Louisiana State University; M.A., Saint Mary's University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

Office: Richards Hall 116


Todd Reeser

Todd Reeser
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Background: Former executive senior associate athletics director for development and sports services at Georgia State University

Education: B.A, Illinois State, Ill.; M.Sc., St. Thomas University, Fla.

Office: Lumpkin Center, 203


Rick Sears

Richard Sears, CPA, CGMA
Vice President for Business and Finance

Background: Associate VP for Finance at the University of West Georgia prior to CSU. Interim Vice President for Business and Finance for both Gordon State College and Columbus State University. Richard has over 35 years’ experience in finance in higher education and health care industries in Texas and Georgia.

Education: Bachelors of Accountancy, University of Mississippi; M.B.A, University of West Georgia

Office: Richards Hall, 216


Gina Sheeks

Gina Sheeks, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Background: Associate VP for student affairs; interim chair, Department of Communication; Career Center director

Education: B.A., M.A., Murray State University (Kentucky); Ph.D., Georgia State University

Office: Schuster Student Success Center, 216


Ron Williams

Ron Williams, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff

Background: Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Innovation; Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Illinois University; Director, Academic Programming at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Education: B.S., Lane College; M.Ed., Ed.D., Tennessee State University

Office: Richards Hall, 111


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