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I Am West Georgia

Michael Hester

michael hesterYears at UWG: 13 years.

My job title: Assistant Dean, Honors College.

What I really do: I’m the #2 at the Honors College, attending administrative meetings, assisting students in their applications for national scholarships, running the summer orientation sessions, and whatever else Dr. Wagner asks me to do. I’ve also been the Director of UWG Debate since 1995.

Birthplace: Warner Robins, GA.

Family: My parents celebrated their 47th anniversary last November and still reside in Warner Robins, along with my older brother and sister. I have a niece who teaches second grade in Austell, and will be taking graduate courses at UWG in Education this fall.

People describe me as: Red-headed, perspicacious and parsimonious.

My favorite things to do: Physical activity - whether playing disc-golf on campus, working out in the campus center gym, dancing at MJQ, or just playing with my dogs.

My proudest accomplishment: Completing my PhD at Georgia State University, taking night classes while working at UWG. 

My passion: Live music. I attend 10-15 concerts each year. At the end of the April, I made my annual trek down to New Orleans for the JazzFest, excited to enjoy Stevie Wonder live for the first time. My favorite type of music is reggae – and I was fortunate enough to see Steel Pulse, Toots & the Maytals, and Lucky Dube last year – but am also fond of funk, neo-soul, classic R&B, classic country, Afrobeat, and improv-jam bands.

My pet peeve: People who take life too seriously.

Before UWG, I: Was just a kid! I did my undergrad work at West Georgia, and have lived in Carrollton for 17 of the last 19 years (the other two spent in Athens for my MA).

I joined UWG because: There’s no better feeling than when giving back to your alma mater.

I stay because: I can’t find my car keys.

One thing I would change about UWG: My salary (“please sir, I want some more”).

The best advice I ever received: Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.

The best advice I’d give to new faculty and staff: The office manager of your department is the smartest and hardest working person you’ll work with and can NEVER be thanked enough. 

When I was a child, I wanted to be: President of the U.S.

Most people don't know that: I am an ordained minister and officiate wedding ceremonies.

My favorite quotation: Work like you don’t need the money; Love like you’ve never been hurt; and dance like nobody is watching.

The book I think everyone should read: The Tao Te Ching.

The movie I think everyone should watch: Team America, World Police.

My favorite memory: Pretty much any Phish Show from the 1998 Summer of Covers.

The person (alive or dead) I’d most like to meet: J.R. “Bob” Dobbs.

What I would most like to have if castaway on an island: Ginger AND Mary Ann.  

What I would do if I won the lottery: Pay off my UWG parking fines.

What I most want to contribute to students: An understanding that college is about learning HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I could not ask for better people to work for and with. Dr. Behruz Sethna has done more to improve UWG than anyone EVER; Dr. Wagner is to bosses what honey-baked ham is to luncheon meats; Melanie Hildebrandt is brilliant and responsible for most of the great things taking place at the Honors College; and Patty Jiles is not only the nicest, smartest, most caring, wonderful person who has ever worked in higher education, she’s also clearly been sent to Earth as my guardian angel.

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