UGA Tifton welcomes new student recruiter and academic coordinator
February 8, 2011 — Looking to expand academic programs in south Georgia, the University of Georgia Tifton Campus recently welcomed Amber Dowd as the new academic coordinator and Christy Bryan as student recruiter.
"Working together, Amber and Christy will make a great team and will get the word out that students can receive a UGA degree from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences right here at the UGA Tifton campus," said Joe West, the UGA Tifton assistant dean.
Bryan is charged with getting UGA Tifton on the radars of students in the area, West said.
"This position is new to UGA Tifton. I am basically the face of the UGA Tifton campus," Bryan said. "I go out and recruit students and bring them into the college or get them set up to go through their first two years at a sister institution and then transfer here for their last two years."
Dowd, who was an academic coordinator at ABAC, plans to bolster partnerships with two-year south Georgia colleges and develop transfer agreements with them "so that whenever students graduate with their associate degree from that two-year college they will be able to transfer directly over to the University of Georgia without losing any credit or needing any extra credit," Dowd said.
The UGA Tifton Campus currently has transfer agreements with ABAC and Waycross College.
Gaining new students is important, but creating opportunities for current UGA Tifton students is just as important. "I'd definitely like to increase the enrollment and get more student activities going here on campus, more things for our students to get involved in," Dowd said.
As a student, Bryan transferred from ABAC to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Athens, Ga., where she received an agribusiness degree.
"Christy grew up on a farm and has worked as a student intern in many of Georgia's agricultural enterprises, and is active with Farm Bureau and other Georgia agricultural organizations. Her education and experiences give her the tools she needs to be successful in this job," West said.
(Written by Jonathan Andrews, University of Georgia)