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Office of the President

Executive Leadership Team

The university's 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.

Chris Markwood

Chris Markwood

President

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.

Richards Hall 108

markwood_chris@columbusstate.edu

Rocky Kettering

Rocky Kettering

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

Richards Hall 116

kettering_rocky@columbusstate.edu

Craig Burgess

Craig Burgess

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

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

Richards Hall 206

burgess_craig@columbusstate.edu

Deborah Bordelon

Deborah Bordelon

Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs

Background: Provost and vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in Illinois

Degrees: Doctorate in special education, a master's in education and a bachelor's degree in elementary education, all from the University of New Orleans

Richards Hall, 305

bordelon_deborah@columbusstate.edu

Tom Helton

Tom Helton

Vice President for Business and Finance

Background: Associate vice president for business and finance and director of planned giving

Degrees: B.A., Samford University; M.Ed., University of Alabama; Ed.S., Columbus State University; Ed.D., Columbus State University

Richards Hall, 212

helton_tom@ColumbusState.edu

Gina Sheeks

Gina Sheeks

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

Schuster Student Success Center, 216

sheeks_gina@columbusstate.edu

Ed Helton

Ed Helton

Chief of Staff

Background: Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development; Interim Executive Director, Cunningham Center; Managing Director and Executive Director of Leadership Institute, Client Relations

Degrees: B.A. and M.A., Samford University

Richards Hall, 111

helton_ed@columbusstate.edu

Todd Reeser

Todd Reeser

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.

Lumpkin Center, 203

reeser_todd@columbusstate.edu