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.
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.
Office: Richards Hall 108
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
Office: Richards Hall 116
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
Office: Richards Hall 206
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
Degrees: Ph.D. in English renaissance literature from Ohio University; M.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University; and a B.A. from St. Ambrose College
Office: Richards Hall, 305
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
Office: Schuster Student Success Center, 216
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.
Degrees: Bachelors of Accountancy, University of Mississippi; M.B.A, University of West Georgia
Office: Richards Hall, 216
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
Degrees: B.S., Lane College; M.Ed., Ed.D., Tennessee State University
Office: Richards Hall, 111
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.
Office: Lumpkin Center, 203