I Am West Georgia
Name: Dr. Ebenezer F. Kolajo
Job title: Director of Institutional Research and Planning.
What I really do: I serve as custodian of university records and conduct data analysis to assist management decision-making processes and support a culture of learning and accountability at UWG. The nuts and bolts of my job are to facilitate institutional effectiveness.
Years at UWG: I am two months into my second year.
Before UWG, I: Held a similar position at Cecil College in Maryland.
I came to UWG because: I wanted to return to Georgia, and the job opportunity at UWG, as well as Carrollton’s location, is a good fit for me.
One thing I would change about UWG: I am here not long enough to recommend any change; I am still learning and getting to understand the culture of UWG.
I was born in: Oyo State of Nigeria.
Family members are: Wife, Margaret, an alumnus of UWG; daughter, Christianah, a final year doctor of pharmacy candidate at the University of Pittsburgh; son, a senior and mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland; other family members are overseas.
People describe me as: Compassionate, dependable, and sometimes funny.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I hate driving at night, especially in places that I am not familiar with.
Favorite things to do: Reading; watching documentaries; sight-seeing/traveling.
Favorite quote: What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
Proudest accomplishment so far: The opportunities I have had through teaching, mentoring, and motivating young men and women to be all they can be by reaching for the sky and seeing many becoming successful citizens.
Pet peeve: People who cannot stand by their words (“flip-floppers”).
Best advice ever received: Many things are possible, but not everything possible is profitable.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: Be a team player and make a difference in your own way.
What I most want to contribute to students: Time waits for no one, so take the best advantage of every opportunity available to you. While you may not be the best, you can always do your best.
The book everyone should read: "The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time," by Jeffrey D. Sachs.
The movie everyone should watch: I seldom watch movies, so I can’t recommend any.
The person dead or alive I’d most like to meet: The Lord Jesus Christ.
The place I’d love to travel to: China.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I have a solid background in agricultural production and management.
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