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Cartee honored as College of Education Alumna of the Year

Pictured (l-r): Georgia Southern University President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D.; College of Education Alumna of the Year Dawn Cartee; and College of Education Dean Thomas R. Koballa, Ph.D.


Dawn Cartee (‘90,’98,’03,’05) received the College of Education Alumni Award during Georgia Southern University’s biennial Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, March 25.

“Suffice it to say, Dawn is a leader among educational leaders,” said Thomas R. Koballa, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education. “Key to her leadership is her intellect, her ability to size up situations and make decisions, and her way of working with people.”

Cartee served as the president of Ogeechee Technical College for nine years before being named the director of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in 2016. She oversees a 300,000 square-foot facility that includes meeting rooms, auditoriums, offices, two restaurants, banquet services and a 200-room hotel. The Center hosts more than 1,700 events each year, drawing about 95,000 participants. She manages a staff of 400 and an annual budget of $23 million.

Her accolades include being named Business Leader of the Year by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and a Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind winner in 2010. She is also a previous College of Education Alumna of the Year.

“Dawn is indeed a people person,” Koballa added. “People with whom she works recognize the value she places on integrity, trust, creativity, equity, and collaboration.”

Cartee earned a doctorate in educational administration, a specialist degree in educational leadership, a master’s of adult and vocational education and bachelor’s degree in business administration, all from Georgia Southern.

“Honoring our outstanding alumni is truly a privilege,” said Wendell Tompkins Jr., senior director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “They have distinguished themselves as the best and brightest in their fields, and they represent Georgia Southern in a manner that makes all of the Eagle Nation proud to claim them as our own.”


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