Our Staff

Harold Mock, Ph.D.

Director of Leadership Programs 

Assistant Professor of History 

Dr. Harold Mock directs the Office of Leadership Programs and teaches courses on principles of leadership. A specialist in international affairs and transatlantic relations, he is currently writing a book entitled Dangerous Power: An International History of German Unification, 1969-1993. Dr. Mock's research and teaching interests include civil-military relations, particularly related to nuclear strategy and defense planning in western Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia, where he previously served as Bradley Research Fellow. Additionally, Dr. Mock holds a master's degree in history from Virginia and bachelor's degrees in political science and history from Georgia College. 


Ashley Copeland

Assistant Director of Leadership Programs

Ashley Copeland serves as assistant director of leadership programs. She previously was Georgia College's assistant director of annual giving, facilitating the involvement of alumni, the community, and local companies in the life of the university to secure annual financial commitments. Ms. Copeland is a 2012 graduate of Georgia College, where she received her bachelor's degree in exercise science. She additionally holds a master's degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she worked as the graduate assistant for the Honors Program. In that role, she created the honors peer mentorship program and co-published an article focused on the effects of peer mentorship on student leadership. Ms. Copeland is an active member of the Milledgeville community, serving as a Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber Ambassador and as a member of the fall 2017 class of the Young Gamechangers leadership action program. 


Lori M. Westbrook

Executive Assistant

Lori Westbrook serves as executive assistant in the Office of Leadership Programs. She joined the Georgia College Academic Affairs division in 1987. In that time, she has worked in the Office of the Provost and with the Honors Program. She works closely with the students of the Leadership Certificate and GEM Programs, as well as with the Emerging Leaders peer mentor team. Mrs. Westbrook holds a bachelor of science degree from Georgia College.


Michael Watson

Director of Development 

Michael Watson serves as director of development, working with a wide range of programs at the university to help develop the resources they need to fulfill their missions. As a first-generation college student, Michael has seen firsthand the impact a college education makes on someone’s life, and as such has a strong passion for supporting higher education. 

Before joining the team at Georgia College in 2015, he spent a number of years in the insurance industry, both as an associate agent and a managing agent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College. 


Nancy Leslie

Strategic Communications Coordinator

Leadership Programs Intern

Nancy Leslie is a senior at Georgia College pursuing a major in mass communication and a minor in marketing.

Ms. Leslie coordinates the Inspire! Student Leadership Forum and works with the Women's Leadership Initiative. She often represents Georgia College, as a member of the Council of Student Ambassadors and as a founding member of the Student Alumni Council. Ms. Leslie is enrolled in the Honors Program and serves as Circle President of Georgia College' Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. 


Katelyn Bennett

Office Assistant

Katelyn Bennett is from Carrollton, Georgia. She is a sophomore and is pursuing a major in Biology.

Ms. Bennett is also a pre-healthcare student who aspires to be a physician's assistant and is interested in research. She is enrolled in the Georgia College Honors Program and is also a member of Eta Sigma Alpha, Georgia College's Honors Student Association.



Program Coordinator

The Office of Leadership Programs seeks a graduate assistant to serve as program coordinator. The incumbent will maintain functional responsibility for the Emerging Leaders Program and for individual and small group leadership-development consulting.

The program coordinator will (1) coordinate, execute, and evaluate the first-year leadership-development program; (2) lead and support a team of student peer mentors and serve as an advisor, mentor, and consultant to program participants; and (3) provide 1:1 advising and consulting. Click here for more information and to apply

Contact Us

The Office of Leadership Programs is housed in the historic Carl Vinson House, located at 421 West Montgomery Street.

  (478) 445-1227, Main

  (478) 445-8522, Development