Georgia Highlands College

GHC Hosts Statewide Meeting for AAUP

The Georgia conference of the American Association of University Professors held its spring meeting at Heritage Hall on April 6. Several University System of Georgia colleges were represented, including Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia and Columbus State University. Among the GHC employees attending were Andy Dawson, Allen Dutch, Jon Hershey, John Kwist, Joan Ledbetter, Bronson Long, and chapter president Frank Minor. The morning began with a breakfast provided by the Georgia Highlands College Foundation and a welcoming address from GHC Interim President Renva Watterson. 

Highlights of the morning session were conference reports from Georgia State University history professor Hugh Hudson, who serves as the executive secretary of the Georgia conference, and GSU political science professor Steve Anthony, who serves as the AAUP lobbyist at the capitol. Hudson and Anthony discussed several hot-button issues, including state retirement plans for USG employees and guns on campuses.

After a lunch break, Donna Potts, chair of the assembly of the state conferences, gave the keynote address.  Potts, who serves on the English faculty at Kansas State University, discussed the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses and examined reasons for the underreporting of these crimes. After her talk, there were numerous committee and chapter reports and discussion of topics ranging from membership recruitment to day care for the children of faculty.


Report contributed by Frank Minor, associate professor of Engliah

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