Dr. W. Brian Newsome has been selected as the dean of the Honors College, which is set to launch fall 2020.
Newsome comes to Georgia College from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where he is currently the Dean for Curriculum and Honors and a professor of history. During his 11 years with Elizabethtown College, Newsome has also served as assistant Dean for General Education and Assessment and Dean for Curriculum and Assessment and College Registrar.
“I am delighted that Dr. Newsome will be joining Georgia College to provide our intellectually gifted student scholars with a stimulating academic experience,” said Georgia College Provost Costas Spirou. “Our cross disciplinary approach combined with our high quality discipline-specific honors courses will provide the type of transformative experiences that makes Georgia College so unique.”
On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Honors Program at Georgia College, the university is set to launch the Honors College this fall. The College is designed for intellectually talented and motivated individuals, aiming to attract top student scholars by providing a stimulating atmosphere — both academically and personally. Newsome will spearhead the launch of the new Honors College.
“I am excited to lead the Honors College at Georgia College and to build on the success of the existing Honors Program,” said Dr. Brian Newsome. “I am honored to serve as the inaugural dean and look forward to working with colleagues across campus to support the outstanding students who are members of the Honors community.”
Newsome’s experience in higher education revolves around streamlining and structuring Honors programming. During his time as Dean for Curriculum and Honors, he focused on finding a balance between cohort curricular opportunities and individual contract courses as well as increasing accessibility for students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Newsome has also served as co-principal investigator for a $300,000 Mellon Foundation Humanities grant.
Newsome received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. He received his bachelor of arts in history from Augusta College.
Newsome will begin his role as Dean of the Honors College on July 1, 2020.