Assistant VP for International Education
Dr. Eric Spears serves as the Assistant Vice President of International Education and the Director of the International Education Center.
He also holds the appointment of Assistant Professor of Geography at Georgia College. Dr. Spears supervises the activities and programs of the International Education Center, including recruiting, admitting, and advising international students, offering study abroad opportunities to US students and faculty, and creating an international awareness at Georgia College. Dr. Spears is also the academic advisor of the International Plan and International Studies Minor at Georgia College.
He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from West Virginia University, an M.A. in International Political Economy from The University of Warwick (England), and a B.A. in Geography from Marshall University. Dr. Spears has lived and researched in England and Brazil. Dr. Spears also received a Fulbright program grant to South Korea in 2010.
Dr. Spears currently serves on the Asian Studies Development Program alumni board at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa. He is the Co-Research Director of the Political Economy of Education and Human Development Project at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil and researches the political ecology of the Georgia Coast.
In his free time, Dr. Spears enjoys his family, running 5/10K races, kayaking on the Georgia Coast, and going to his second home, Brazil. You can learn more about Dr. Spears by visiting his web site at http://ericspears.us.
Assistant Director of Education Abroad
Liz Havey, Assistant Director of Education Abroad, manages the programmatic aspects of Georgia College study abroad and other overseas learning experiences. She moved to Milledgeville from Las Vegas, where she completed her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from DePauw University in Indiana.
Liz studied abroad twice in her undergraduate career and lived in Norway for one year before beginning her bachelor's degree. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, the United States and Mexico. She enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, knitting, sewing, cooking and playing the piano. She is an advocate for environmental conservation and goodwill in general.
Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services
Jason Wynn, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, manages admissions for international students at Georgia College and facilitates their immigration and cultural acclimation needs. He is also an instructor of American culture at the College. Jason moved from North Carolina where he completed an M.A. in International Studies at East Carolina University. Additionally, he holds a B.S. in Psychology with a second major in Spanish.
During his undergraduate years, Jason studied abroad at the La Universidad de Vigo in Vigo, Spain and La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Before completing his graduate work he served as an intern for Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica and instructed English as a Second Language in North Carolina. More than anything, Jason loves to travel!
Study Abroad Adviser
Jarris Lanham, Study Abroad Adviser, helps students and faculty find educational experiences abroad to enhance their academic and professional careers. Jarris holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. While a student, she studied abroad in Germany and taught English for a semester in Belarus. After graduate school, Jarris lived in Japan for four years where she taught English with the JET Program (and in the Japanese middle school system). Jarris is also the main adviser of the International Student Club, an organization that consists of both international and domestic students interested in cross-cultural experiences. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and learning about cultures and religions.
International Admissions Counselor
Susie Ramage, the International Admissions Counselor, assists with international student recruitment, international admissions for both undergraduate and graduate programs, and is also involved with international programming. She is co-adviser of the International Student Club, an organization that consists of both international and domestic students interested in cross-cultural experiences. Susie is an alumna of Georgia College and holds a B.S. in Community Health. She spent a good portion of her life living and working in the nearby city of Warner Robins and later moved to Milledgeville. She devoted most of her life working at Oconee Regional Medical Center. In her free time, Susie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Administrative Assistant, Sandy Moore, assists with general inquires for international student admissions and study abroad programs, data entry and general office operations. Sandy is the newest member of the International Education Center, joining the team in July, 2016 after leaving the banking industry. She enjoys learning about the world through the international students and returned study abroad students. She prefers to spend her free time outdoors hiking and camping with her friends and family.