Fri, July 19, 2024

Statewide conference in Augusta promotes workforce development

About 150 University System of Georgia educators from the Peach State will be staying over tonight and spending tourism dollars in the Garden City. The annual USG staff council is held at Augusta University’s campus this year.

The theme for this professional development conference is, THE VISION – Setting a Course for the Future.

“This conference will feature speakers and information sessions designed to build key staff skills to support the strategic plan of the USG: student success, responsible stewardship, economic competitiveness, and community impact,” said Angel Lovett, Chair, Augusta University Staff Council Associate Director of Philanthropy.

Speakers include AU President, Dr. Brooks Keel, Dr. Mark Thompson, current Dean Hull College of Business, Dr. Sonny Perdue, Chancellor, USG, and many others listed below.


12:00 – 12:15 pm

JSAC – Ballroom


Dr. Brooks Keel, President, Augusta University

12:15 – 1:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom

Ice Breaker
Breakout Sessions
1:15 – 2:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom

Critical Thinking

Dr. Mark Thompson, Dean Hull College of Business

1:15 – 2:00 pm

JSAC Hardy Room

Change Management

Mr. Jack Evans, Director of Organizational Change Management & Strategic Initiatives

2:15 – 3:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom

We Love it Here! – Building a Successful Workplace Culture

Ms. Rebecca Carroll, VP of Human Resources

Ms. Sharri Peck, Director of Compensation Classification & Information Systems HR

2:15 – 3:00 pm

JSAC Hardy Room


Dr. Garrett Green, Chief Diversity Officer

3:15 – 4:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom

Only One Life to Live: Let’s Live it Well!

Dr. Scott Wallace, Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

3:15 – 4:00 pm

JSAC Hardy Room

Cyber Security Vital to the Workplace

Dr. Heather Roszkowski, Assistant Vice President, Cyber Defense & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer

4:15 – 5:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom

A Roadmap to Collaborating and Compromising with Challenging Personalities

Ms. Leadra Collins, City of Augusta Public Information Officer


9:00 – 10:00 am

JSAC Ballroom

Good Better Best

Dr. Sonny Perdue

Chancellor, University System of Georgia

10:00 – 11:00 am

JSAC Ballroom

Ignite the Spark – Motivation for Success

Dr. Russell Keen, EVP for Administration & Chief of Staff to the President

11:00 – 11:45 am

JSAC Ballroom


Mr. Brennen Francois, Chief Diversity Officer, WellStar MCG Health

12:00 – 1:00 pm

JSAC Ballroom


Staff Council Panel Discussion


1:00 – 1:15 pm

JSAC Ballroom

Augusta University Staff Council Remarks

Ms. Angel Lovett, Chair

Mr. Rich Rogers, Vice-Chair

1:30 – 2:30 pm

JSAC Ballroom

USG Staff Council Business Meeting

Mr. Scott Taylor, USG Staff Council Chair

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