by Jordan Head

The University of West Georgia continues to make strides in faculty and staff growth with 33 new positions for the 2017 fiscal year. Funding for each position was generated from new institutional finances. The new positions will support the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Advising Center, Career Services, the College of Science and Mathematics, eCore, Dine West, Information Technology, Library, Purchasing, Softball-Women, University Police and UREC Administration (E&G). In just three years, UWG has funded 80 positions.

New hires for the 33 positions include Dr. Yves-Rose Porcena, senior diversity officer; Annemarie Eades, vice president of Information Technology; Jessica Belcher, associate director of the Advising Center for UWG Newnan; Daniel Fincham, manager of retail operations for Dine West; and several other positions in food services, library and purchasing.

“I hope to carry out action steps that focus specifically on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement at every level of university life,” said Porcena.  “I want to see UWG’s diversity efforts be intentionally integrated into the core aspects of our university.  The end result should be that when one goes West, regardless of their role, one engages with diversity.”

"I was attracted to UWG for a variety of reasons, to include positive indicators where growth and engagement are concerned," said Eades. "I decided to join UWG to take advantage of the opportunity to lead the effort required to address the challenges and opportunities associated with maximizing the value of IT services.

Several positions were created to support food services through the UWG’s Dine West program. In an effort to manage its own food service program and achieve a high level of excellence among students and faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. With this change, the university accepted all on-campus food service duties.

An annual study released by the University of System of Georgia revealed that the university has a regional economic impact of $518 million. Reaching the eighth year of consecutive growth, this number beats the previous year’s $463 million. According to the USG report, the impact will directly contribute to jobs, higher incomes and greater production of goods and services for local households and businesses.

Posted on August 8, 2016