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Dr. Scott Wallace began his role as Dean of Students at Augusta University in June
of 2014. He is responsible for providing leadership, supervision, and support to various
departments and areas within the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs. The areas
he supervises are integral to the college experience and provide opportunities for
student growth both inside and outside of the classroom that ultimately foster a holistic
Prior to arriving at Augusta University, Dr. Wallace spent nearly nine years as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi, fondly known as Ole Miss. During that time, Dr. Wallace gained experience in the areas of student conduct and conflict resolution, Greek Life, student organizations, student government, and policy management. The first several years of his career were spent primarily in the realm of student conduct. During that time, he was able to hone his skills in conflict resolution by meeting with hundreds of students each academic year. The last part of his tenure at Ole Miss was spent working as the primary advisor to a Greek community of roughly 6,200 students, and as advisor to student government. In the realm of Greek Affairs, Dr. Wallace worked with both students and alumni, and was able to develop relationships with leaders at numerous headquarters of national Greek letter organizations across the country. As advisor to student government, Dr. Wallace assisted students in promoting student led initiatives that enhanced the student experience, provided advice and support with questions of constitutional language and interpretations, and helped to promote the ideals of leadership that are inherent in student governments.
During his time as Assistant Dean, Dr. Wallace served as the departmental policy manager for the Office of the Dean of Students. His policy work included efforts to simplify language regarding students’ rights and responsibilities. In 2011, Dr. Wallace led the effort for the University to become recognized as a campus that promotes First Amendment rights. In January of 2012, the University of Mississippi became the 16th campus in the nation to be recognized by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as a green-light campus.
Dr. Wallace earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he also was a student athlete, playing golf at the Division I level. After college, Wallace enrolled in graduate school at the University of Mississippi. He earned a Masters degree in Higher Education in 2005, and then in 2012 he earned his PhD. in Higher Education. He and his wife, April, have two children, Reed Thomas and Bonnie Grace.
Mrs. Gina Thurman has served Augusta University for 31 years, and began her career in the Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs in 1993. She assumed her roles as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Advocacy shortly after in 1996. In these positions, she supports and advocates for students, and works to foster a holistic college experience.
She serves as chair for the Campus Assessment Response Evaluation Team, known as the CARE Team. She founded and leads the Open Paws Food Pantry and administers the Student Emergency Fund. She also serves as the designated point of contact for students in foster care and those experiencing homelessness, and works closely with faculty and students regarding medical and hardship withdrawals.
During her time at Augusta University, she has served as a student conduct officer as well as an advisor to student government, international students, and several student organizations. Mrs. Thurman has also supervised numerous offices including Student Counseling and Psychological Services, Testing and Disability Services, Student Life and Engagement and Multicultural Student Engagement. She serves as an advisor to the University System of Georgia’s Student Advisory Council, which includes the SGA Presidents from each of the system’s institutions. She is a strong student advocate and works hard to support students through their educational journey.
Mrs. Thurman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Augusta College and a Master of Education in counselor education from Augusta State University, making her a double-alum of the university’s legacy institutions.
While an undergraduate student, she worked as a Federal Work Study student in the Financial Aid Office and the Office of the President. She and her husband, Robert, have two adult children, Ashley and Zach.