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Georgia Southern University hosts Momentum Summit Capstone

The Complete College Georgia Momentum Summit Capstone event was held at Georgia Southern University on March 10, including a first-time campus visit from Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia, Ashwani Monga, Ph.D.

The Capstone event is structured to give institutions the opportunity to report out on the plans the universities developed and provide a workshop space to gather feedback and input on their work.

“Momentum has been a rallying point for Georgia Southern. So many of our successes in student persistence and support have started here. It has been beneficial in individual areas and departments as the starting point for re-imagining practices, but it has also been a point of convergence for the university,” said Associate Provost for Student Success Dustin Anderson, Ph.D. “Our Eagle Experience program is just one example, but it is a true testament to that spirit of teamwork and demonstrable collaboration. Georgia Southern has been leading the way for cross-divisional collaboration, and I’m thrilled that Dr. Monga was able to see that here first-hand.”

It’s an effective formula. For the second year in a row, Eagle Experience has been a winner at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Excellence Awards.

“All of us have our own momentum. It’s very important for students who are starting their journey. They have their mind on figuring out their classes and finding a major and finding a job. They have some linear thinking about it. This is not how the world works. Today when I was talking to Carl (Reiber), he spoke of how at Georgia Southern, career services are integrated right from the beginning,” said Monga at the Summit. “That’s the kind of approach we need.”

Designed as the largest academic affairs gathering in USG, the Capstone Momentum Summit gives leadership teams the opportunity to share student success best practices across the 26 institutions that make up the USG.

This year’s Georgia Southern’s Momentum Leadership Team consists of: 

  • Dustin Anderson, Associate Provost for Student Success
  • Melanie Miller, Associate Vice President for Student Success
  • Malerie Payne, Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center
  • Carl Reiber, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Amy Smith, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Scott Taylor, Assistant Provost for Student Success

The university also had a larger team of 47 participants from several divisions spanning across departments and colleges, such as: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

“This was an excellent opportunity to showcase not only our campus but our creative initiatives that have proven effective,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Carl Reiber, Ph.D. “Momentum is something that we have taken great pride in, and we’ve seen so many great results from partnering not only with outside institutions but across our own campus.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 138 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville and online instruction. The leading higher education institution in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit

Last updated: 3/16/2023