East Georgia State College faculty, staff graduate from USG Executive Leadership Institute


The University System of Georgia (USG) has graduated its 2023-24 Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) cohort, including 34 faculty and staff members from 23 USG institutions and the University System Office. East Georgia State College (EGSC) had a staff and faculty member complete the program. Natasha Goss, associate professor of accounting and business, and Jennifer Fields, director of admissions, completed the 14th cohort of the program that convened on August 29, 2023.

“This group includes some of the best among our faculty and staff across Georgia,” USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. “As one of the top public university systems in the nation, we are invested in supporting and growing the people already working hard right here in the university system. With this professional development, USG wants to help them reach their full potential.”

Since 2009, USG has hosted ELI for faculty and staff to develop new leaders within the university system and offer professional development opportunities to help them grow their careers in Georgia.

“ELI provided us the opportunity to gain knowledge during an intensive and dedicated time for professional and personal growth,” stated Fields. “I gained different perspectives of the USG system, networked with fellow institution staff from various areas, and benefited from a unique shadowing experience. Being supported by East Georgia State College in this journey created such a rewarding experience. It is reassuring that the system and my home institution invest in their employees as well as encourages professional growth and development.”

University presidents nominate academic and staff leaders to participate. From the nominees, individuals are selected for the program and participate in a leadership development curriculum that includes content, personal reflection, job shadowing and cross-mentoring.

“I have learned so much from my experience in this program,” said Goss. “I am very grateful for the University System of Georgia and East Georgia State College for the opportunity to participate in the program. It’s very important for faculty and staff to gain leadership experience so we can help better our institutions. This program has helped me grow my leadership skills and given me experience that I can bring back to EGSC to help give feedback on important decisions and make positive changes in the future.”