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Welcome From the Dean

Dr. Charles Patterson Greetings from the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies, and welcome to Georgia Southern University! I want to extend a warm Georgia Southern welcome to you as you embark on your graduate career.

Georgia Southern University is recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a doctoral research university. Graduate and professional studies are pursued by approximately 2,700 graduate, law, and medical students. We offer a wide range of doctoral, master’s, specialist, and professional degree programs, as well as certificate programs.

The pursuit of graduate education is unlike any other experience. It is a time to take advantage of everything that Georgia Southern has to offer and to challenge yourself to do more. It is a time of exploration and immersion in a particular discipline, a time for the free exchange of ideas, acquisition of new proficiencies, and creation and dissemination of new knowledge. This is a time when professors move from being your teachers and instructors to being you’re your mentors, colleagues and life-long associates.

Once again, welcome to Georgia Southern. I wish you every opportunity for success in your pursuit of your advanced degree and hope to meet you personally in the near future.

Best regards,
Charles E. Patterson Ph.D
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Dean, Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies

Last updated: 10/21/2013