Q-&-A with Dorman
The Colonnade staff writer Caitlin Mullaney sat down with President Steve Dorman for an interview. President Dorman is the 11th president of Georgia College.
Q: How has your time at Georgia College been so far?
A: It’s been really good. There has been a lot of activity meeting people, faculty, staff and students. I’ve found everyone to be very hospitable.
Q: Has it been an easy adjustment?
A: Any move is hard. This was an easy move because the Presidential Transition Team preparation was put together well.
Q: What have you done since you arrived at GC?
A: I’ve met a lot of people and listened. I have been going around to meet faculty, staff and students to find out what they believe are the needs and directions that we should be focusing on. Also, absorbing culture – we went to one athletic event, the soccer game last week, and a few concerts that were very good. … I thought the SGA meeting was very good – I was really impressed with the order and preparation of the meeting, and SGA’s desire to get things done.
Q: Have you been able to meet a lot of students since arriving?
A: Whenever I walk across campus, people will stop and introduce themselves. I really like this opportunity to meet them.
Q: How do you feel that your academic career has prepared you for your position at GC?
A: I did part of my academic training in liberal arts. I think I have the best of all worlds – I’ve taught and administered at two other universities in the past, and that will help in all aspects of this position. I am also the father of three people in college, so I have been able to experience both sides – the administrator and the parent.
Q: What are you most excited about with this opportunity?
A: The possibility to help the college meet the needs of the future, and to find out what is in sight for public liberal arts schools in the future
Q: How did you initially hear about the position at GC?
A: I saw an ad for the position and then a member from the search firm contacted me. For most positions like this, the search team is given the job of finding candidates with a certain skill set.
Q: What are some of the differences you’ve noticed between GC and previous schools?
A: Size is an obvious difference. Both Florida and Texas A&M are large research schools with over 50,000 students. I feel the quality of the GC students is really good and the faculty and staff are excellent.
Q: Have you explored the Milledgeville community?
A: We went to First Friday and got a taste of all the restaurants – the food was very good. We actually ended up buying too many tickets because we filled up so quickly.
Q: Can you give us a hint of a few things you have scheduled for your first-100-day plan?
A: The transition team set up a listening tour to meet with all the faculty constituents and the students constituents.
President Dorman also conducted a brief interview with GC news outlet GC360 last week, which can be viewed here.