2020 Retirees


Dr. Andrew M. Manis

Andrew Manis

Last Position at MGA: Professor of History
Years worked: 20 years (2000 -2020)

Best memories: Perhaps my fondest memories are the Back to School Boat Parties our department shared on my pontoon boat on Lake Tobesofkee. Two other vivid memories were taking my first History of Georgia class in the Fall of 2008 a field trip to former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class in Plains, Georgia. The others were two field trips my colleague, Dr. Matt Jennings and I took my History of the Civil Rights Movement classes to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and to the Legacy Museum and the Monument for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: the University be able to hire more African American professors, in the Department of History among others. In addition, I would like to see the Department of History continue into the future the emphasis on the religious history of the United States.

Retirement plans: During the first two years or so I hope to finish my book on Birmingham’s Greek community during that city’s historic struggle for civil rights. I would like to premier the film version of my biography of civil rights leader, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, A Fire You Can’t Put Out, in Birmingham and in Macon (fingers crossed on this one). Finally, I hope my wife Linda and I can travel once again to Greece, and to Ireland and Scotland.

Ms. Pamela R. Arlov

Pamela Arlov

Last Position at MGA: Associate Professor of English
Years Worked: 1984 - 2019

Best Memory: I have so many good memories that I cannot just choose one.

What she would like to see happen at MGA: I would love for COVID – 19 to go away so that our students and teachers can return safely to campus and things can get back to normal.

Retirement plans: I am looking forward to teaching more classes and taking an AmTrack Train trip across the country once the COVID – 19 pandemic is over.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown

Mary Brown

Last Position at MGA: Associate Professor
Years worked: 1994 - 2019

I was hired at the beginning of the respiratory therapy program in 1994. I was thrilled to be a part of the initial team! I had been a department director of Respiratory Therapy in a local hospital and I experienced first-hand how difficult it was to find credentialed therapist!I retired in 2019, however I continue to teach part time online.

Best memory: I don't know that I have one best memory, but I always enjoyed watching students as they would understand and comprehend difficult concepts! I was also thrilled as I watched students become involved the respiratory therapy state and national organization. To me that was in indication of their passion for the field and its future!

Retirement plans: In retirement my husband and I have been hiking trails in North Carolina and hiking some Middle Georgia trails. Last May my 7th grandchild was born, and I spend a lot of time with my grandchildren. Daily, I make an attempt to live life to its fullest!

Mr. Roger G. Dixon

Roger Dixon

Last position at MGA: Chief Information Officer
Years worked: 37 years

Best memory: The many friends I have met. Specifically in my early years when 30 people would go have a drink after work on Fridays. It was really a work family that enjoyed going out together.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: Devote more resources to the beautification of the Macon campus, first impressions mean a lot.

Retirement plans: Not worrying about technology and traveling when the pandemic ends.

Mr. Shawn Douglas

Shawn Douglas

Last Position at MGA: Chief of Police
Years Worked: 2010 - 2019

Best Memory: The people that I worked with at MGA.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: The growth, that began with Dr. Blake’s leadership, to continue.

Retirement plans: Spending time with my family.

Mrs. Eyvonne E. Hancock

Eyvonne Hancock

Last Position at MGA: Resident Life Coordinator for Aviation Hall - Eastman
Years Worked: 2007 - 2019

Best Memory: Hanging out with the students and having them visit me in the office. I still keep with touch with a lot of them. I have one that became a residence life coordinator and another that became an RA. When we talk we share hall stories.

Retirement plans: Sleeping. Night life was “Knight Life”. I loved my position at MGA. I moved to Cochran from Maryland and decided to stay.

Ms. Bernice Hart

Bernice Hart

Last Position at MGA: Student Account Technician
Years worked: 24 1/2 Years

Best memory: Meeting and helping students

What she would like to see happen at MGA: Each employee complete a Bachelor Degree

Retirement plans: Traveling and spending time with the grandchildren

Ms. Anna Lisa Kelly

Anna Kelly

Last Position at MGA: MGA Professional Academic Advisor, School of Health & Natural Sciences 2/14-12/19. Previously served as the Director of Admissions/Recruiting & Director of Testing at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (1990-2013)

Best memory: Being presented with the 2017 Staff Service Excellence award. I was both completely astonished and extremely humbled by Dr. Donna Ingram’s nomination and the committee’s selection of me from so many deserving peers

What she would like to see happen at MGA: better opportunities for faculty/staff development, especially since new technologies and processes are frequently required to be implemented immediately.

Retirement plans: volunteering at the Laurens Baptist Ministry Center; yoga & cardio fitness classes; singing in Dudley Baptist Church and in the Knight Owls community women’s choirs; more time with our three adult children and two grandsons; and traveling with my husband.

Mr. Walter J. Perdue

Walter Perdue

Last Position at MGA: Electrician, Cochran Campus
Years Worked: 2006 - 2020

Best memory: The people I worked with at MGA.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: I would love to see the university grow.

Retirement plans: I am looking forward to traveling and fishing at Lake Oconee.

Mrs. Julie W. Roland

Julie Roland

Last Position at MGA: Accounts Payable, Cochran Campus Store
Years Worked: 18 years (2001 - 2019)

Best Memory: Helping our students get what they needed for their classes and being a mom to them. I had loads of fun with students on campus.

What she would like to see happen at MGA: I would like to see better communication between departments and more backing from the higher-ups. More support from those in leadership, especially if you are trying to do the right thing. We need leadership to help everyone understand the policies/procedures and follow them. I’d like to see stores on each campus. It would be nice for all of the campuses to get together more often on a casual level. Have a little fun and relaxation with each other.

Retirement plans: Doing nothing. Just hanging out, visiting family, traveling and being me.

Mr. Ronald G. Stevens

Ronald Stevens

Last Position at MGA: Enterprise Systems Management
Years Worked: 1998 - 2020

Best Memory: I just enjoyed working at MGA. I mostly enjoyed the people. My most memorable moment at MGA involved the first time that I had to get up in from of the students and talk. I had to do this each year. It was not me. I am a shy person and it actually helped bring me out of my shyness.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: I would like for the bitterness and division over the college merger to go away and would like to see everyone come together.

Retirement plans: Traveling to Yellow Stone, Yosemite, National Parks, etc.


Ms. Pamela R. Arlov

Pamela Arlov

Last Position at MGA: Associate Professor of English
Years Worked: 1984 - 2019

Best Memory: I have so many good memories that I cannot just choose one.

What she would like to see happen at MGA: I would love for COVID – 19 to go away so that our students and teachers can return safely to campus and things can get back to normal.

Retirement plans: I am looking forward to teaching more classes and taking an AmTrack Train trip across the country once the COVID – 19 pandemic is over.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown

Mary Brown

Last Position at MGA: Associate Professor
Years worked: 1994 - 2019

I was hired at the beginning of the respiratory therapy program in 1994. I was thrilled to be a part of the initial team! I had been a department director of Respiratory Therapy in a local hospital and I experienced first-hand how difficult it was to find credentialed therapist!I retired in 2019, however I continue to teach part time online.

Best memory: I don't know that I have one best memory, but I always enjoyed watching students as they would understand and comprehend difficult concepts! I was also thrilled as I watched students become involved the respiratory therapy state and national organization. To me that was in indication of their passion for the field and its future!

Retirement plans: In retirement my husband and I have been hiking trails in North Carolina and hiking some Middle Georgia trails. Last May my 7th grandchild was born, and I spend a lot of time with my grandchildren. Daily, I make an attempt to live life to its fullest!

Mr. Roger G. Dixon

Roger Dixon

Last position at MGA: Chief Information Officer
Years worked: 37 years

Best memory: The many friends I have met. Specifically in my early years when 30 people would go have a drink after work on Fridays. It was really a work family that enjoyed going out together.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: Devote more resources to the beautification of the Macon campus, first impressions mean a lot.

Retirement plans: Not worrying about technology and traveling when the pandemic ends.

Mr. Shawn Douglas

Shawn Douglas

Last Position at MGA: Chief of Police
Years Worked: 2010 - 2019

Best Memory: The people that I worked with at MGA.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: The growth, that began with Dr. Blake’s leadership, to continue.

Retirement plans: Spending time with my family.

Mrs. Eyvonne E. Hancock

Eyvonne Hancock

Last Position at MGA: Resident Life Coordinator for Aviation Hall - Eastman
Years Worked: 2007 - 2019

Best Memory: Hanging out with the students and having them visit me in the office. I still keep with touch with a lot of them. I have one that became a residence life coordinator and another that became an RA. When we talk we share hall stories.

Retirement plans: Sleeping. Night life was “Knight Life”. I loved my position at MGA. I moved to Cochran from Maryland and decided to stay.

Ms. Bernice Hart

Bernice Hart

Last Position at MGA: Student Account Technician
Years worked: 24 1/2 Years

Best memory: Meeting and helping students

What she would like to see happen at MGA: Each employee complete a Bachelor Degree

Retirement plans: Traveling and spending time with the grandchildren

Ms. Lisa Kelly

Anna Kelly

Last Position at MGA: MGA Professional Academic Advisor, School of Health & Natural Sciences 2/14-12/19. Previously served as the Director of Admissions/Recruiting & Director of Testing at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (1990-2013)

Best memory: Being presented with the 2017 Staff Service Excellence award. I was both completely astonished and extremely humbled by Dr. Donna Ingram’s nomination and the committee’s selection of me from so many deserving peers

What she would like to see happen at MGA: better opportunities for faculty/staff development, especially since new technologies and processes are frequently required to be implemented immediately.

Retirement plans: volunteering at the Laurens Baptist Ministry Center; yoga & cardio fitness classes; singing in Dudley Baptist Church and in the Knight Owls community women’s choirs; more time with our three adult children and two grandsons; and traveling with my husband.

Dr. Andrew M. Manis

Andrew Manis

Last Position at MGA: Professor of History
Years worked: 20 years (2000 -2020)

Best memories: Perhaps my fondest memories are the Back to School Boat Parties our department shared on my pontoon boat on Lake Tobesofkee. Two other vivid memories were taking my first History of Georgia class in the Fall of 2008 a field trip to former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class in Plains, Georgia. The others were two field trips my colleague, Dr. Matt Jennings and I took my History of the Civil Rights Movement classes to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and to the Legacy Museum and the Monument for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: the University be able to hire more African American professors, in the Department of History among others. In addition, I would like to see the Department of History continue into the future the emphasis on the religious history of the United States.

Retirement plans: During the first two years or so I hope to finish my book on Birmingham’s Greek community during that city’s historic struggle for civil rights. I would like to premier the film version of my biography of civil rights leader, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, A Fire You Can’t Put Out, in Birmingham and in Macon (fingers crossed on this one). Finally, I hope my wife Linda and I can travel once again to Greece, and to Ireland and Scotland.

Mr. Walter J. Perdue

Walter Perdue

Last Position at MGA: Electrician, Cochran Campus
Years Worked: 2006 - 2020

Best memory: The people I worked with at MGA.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: I would love to see the university grow.

Retirement plans: I am looking forward to traveling and fishing at Lake Oconee.

Mrs. Julie W. Roland

Julie Roland

Last Position at MGA: Accounts Payable, Cochran Campus Store
Years Worked: 18 years (2001 - 2019)

Best Memory: Helping our students get what they needed for their classes and being a mom to them. I had loads of fun with students on campus.

What she would like to see happen at MGA: I would like to see better communication between departments and more backing from the higher-ups. More support from those in leadership, especially if you are trying to do the right thing. We need leadership to help everyone understand the policies/procedures and follow them. I’d like to see stores on each campus. It would be nice for all of the campuses to get together more often on a casual level. Have a little fun and relaxation with each other.

Retirement plans: Doing nothing. Just hanging out, visiting family, traveling and being me.

Mr. Ronald G. Stevens

Ronald Stevens

Last Position at MGA: Enterprise Systems Management
Years Worked: 1998 - 2020

Best Memory: I just enjoyed working at MGA. I mostly enjoyed the people. My most memorable moment at MGA involved the first time that I had to get up in from of the students and talk. I had to do this each year. It was not me. I am a shy person and it actually helped bring me out of my shyness.

What he would like to see happen at MGA: I would like for the bitterness and division over the college merger to go away and would like to see everyone come together.

Retirement plans: Traveling to Yellow Stone, Yosemite, National Parks, etc.