Five Women Appointed to Leadership Positions at Georgia State University

Georgia State University has announced a number of key appointments to leadership positions. Several of the administrators receiving these appointments are women.

Nicolle Parsons-Pollard, associate provost for faculty affairs, has been appointed interim provost and head of academic affairs. Dr. Parsons-Pollard has been at Georgia State since January 2020. Earlier, she was the vice provost for academic and faculty affairs at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Dr. Parsons-Pollard holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in criminal justice, and a Ph.D. in public policy and administration, all from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nancy Kropf was appointed senior vice president for strategic initiatives. She will begin her new duties on February 1. Dr. Kropf has been dean at Perimeter College at the university since 2019. She joined the university in 2006 as a director and professor in the School of Social Work, then became an associate dean in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2013. Dr. Kropf is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she majored in psychology and sociology. She holds a master of social work degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in social work and gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Corrie Fountain, director of faculty development, will serve as interim associate provost for faculty affairs. Prior to joining Georgia State University, Dr. Fountain served as department chair of inclusive education and interim associate dean for diversity and community engagement at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in special education/behavior disorders from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies with a concentration in research, measurement, and statistics from Georgia State University.

Cynthia Lester, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Perimeter College at Georgia State University, will serve as interim dean of Perimeter College. Dr. Lester, a professor of computer science, previously served as associate dean of the Division of Math, Computer Science and Engineering and as associate dean of Georgia State’s Clarkston campus. Dr. Lester is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she majored in computer science. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Alabama.

Andrea Jones has been named vice president for public relations and marketing communications. Jones most recently served as interim vice president and has been with Georgia State for 13 years.


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