Four ASU Faculty Members Named 2020-2021 USG Leadership Fellow

Courtesy Albany State University
Albany State

ALBANY, Ga. – The University System of Georgia (USG) has named Albany State University’s Ashok Jain, biology professor and premedical adviser; Cassandra Jordan, sociology program department coordinator; Nneka Nora Osakwe, English professor and director of International Education; and Mark Thomas, associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, 2020-2021 USG Leadership Fellows. As subject matter experts, the four will provide meaningful support to colleagues systemwide.

“This group represents the best faculty and staff from USG institutions across the state, and I congratulate them on their selection,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “Their knowledge and willingness to serve will help the system continue to focus on our top priorities of being more efficient, more affordable and graduating more students.”

Over a one-year term, Fellows will share their expertise through workshops for USG groups outside their home institutions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops may be delivered virtually. Topics are wide-ranging and can vary from coaching skills for academic leaders and leadership ethics to constructive conflict engagement and change management.

“There is a lot of expertise within the University System of Georgia,” said Stuart Rayfield, vice chancellor for Leadership and Institutional Development. “The entire system benefits when we tap the leadership and knowledge from USG institutions, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for the fellows to grow and develop. It’s a win-win.”