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Eric Spears
Assistant VP for International Education

Eric Spears, Assistant VP for International EducationDr. Eric Spears serves as the Assistant Vice President of International Education and the Director of the International Education Center. 

He also holds the appointment of Assistant Professor of Geography at Georgia College.  Dr. Spears supervises the activities and programs of the International Education Center, including recruiting, admitting, and advising international students, offering study abroad opportunities to US students and faculty, and creating an international awareness at Georgia College.  Dr. Spears is also the academic advisor of the International Plan and International Studies Minor at Georgia College. 

He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from West Virginia University, an M.A. in International Political Economy from The University of Warwick (England), and a B.A. in Geography from Marshall University.  Dr. Spears has lived and researched in England and Brazil.  Dr. Spears also received a Fulbright program grant to South Korea in 2010.  

Dr. Spears currently serves on the Asian Studies Development Program alumni board at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa.  He is the Co-Research Director of the Political Economy of Education and Human Development Project at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil and researches the political ecology of the Georgia Coast.

In his free time, Dr. Spears enjoys his family, running 5/10K races, kayaking on the Georgia Coast, and going to his second home, Brazil.  You can learn more about Dr. Spears by visiting his web site at http://ericspears.us.  

Liz Havey
Assistant Director of Education Abroad

Liz HaveyLiz Havey, Assistant Director of Education Abroad, manages the programmatic aspects of Georgia College study abroad and other overseas learning experiences. She moved to Milledgeville from Las Vegas, where she completed her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from DePauw University in Indiana.

Liz studied abroad twice in her undergraduate career and lived in Norway for one year before beginning her bachelor's degree. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, the United States and Mexico. She enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, knitting, sewing, cooking and playing the piano. She is an advocate for environmental conservation and goodwill in general.

Jason Wynn
Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Jason WynnJason Wynn, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, manages the immigration, cultural, and admissions for international students at Georgia College. He also an instructor of American culture at the College. Jason moved from North Carolina where he completed an M.A. in International Studies at East Carolina University. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology with a second major in Spanish.

During his undergraduate years, Jason studied abroad at the La Universidad de Vigo in Vigo, Spain and La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Before completing his graduate work he served as an intern for Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica and instructed English as a Second Language in North Carolina. More than anything, Jason loves to travel!  

Jarris Lanham

Study Abroad Adviser

Jarris LanhamJarris Lanham, Study Abroad Adviser, helps students and faculty find educational experiences abroad to enhance their academic and professional careers. Jarris holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language.  While a student, she studied abroad in Germany and taught English for a semester in Belarus.  After graduate school, Jarris lived in Japan for four years where she taught English with the JET Program (and in the Japanese middle school system).  Jarris is also the main adviser of the International Student Club, an organization that consists of both international and domestic students interested in cross-cultural experiences.   Outside of work she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and learning about cultures and religions.

Susie Ramage
Administrative Assistant

Susie RamageAdministrative Assistant, Susie Ramage, assists with general inquires for international student admissions and study abroad programs, data entry and general office operations. Susie earned a BS degree in Community Health from Georgia College and has worked in health care administration for close to twenty years.  Susie grew up near the air force base in Warner Robins, Georgia, which provided her the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people from around the world. From her high school which enjoyed a flourishing exchange program to her time spent with international doctors at Oconee Regional Hospital, she has worked with and befriended people from all different cultures and backgrounds. She is eager to assist our international and study abroad students.

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