Dr. Whitley was working for the state Board of Regents when he was tapped to harness strong community support for a new college in Columbus. He oversaw school's transition from its start in an abandoned hosiery mill to the former dairy farm that became main campus. Under his leadership, Columbus College went from an idea, to a two-year junior college, to a four-year college, then to an institution that handed out its first master's degrees in 1974.
Dr. Brooke oversaw Columbus College during a difficult period of declining enrollments and shrinking state budgets. He reorganized the college's administrative structure, which had been based on junior college-style divisions, into schools. (These became the basis for CSU's academic colleges, established in 1998.) A former provost at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Brooke introduced new standards for faculty research and outreach, developed the campus' first master plan, and organized the college's first capital campaign in 1983-1984 that raised more than $6 million.
During his 20+ years on campus, Dr. Brown served as catalyst for major campus advancements, including the move to university status, much building construction, development of international studies and servant leadership programs, expansion of outreach efforts, enhancement of several existing programs and the development of CSU's RiverPark campus. By nurturing the university's relationship with the community, Dr. Brown guided CSU through a capital campaign that raised more than $100 million, an amount unheard of for a university of Columbus State's size and age.
A former business dean at Kennessaw State University, Dr, Mescon guided the university through historic budget cuts while also pushing for higher academic standards. He ushered in several new graduate programs, including the university's first doctorate degree, and was president when Columbus State was named - for the first time - by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 comprehensive public universities in the South. He strengthened the university's relationship with Fort Benning, expanded CSU's online degree offerings, added NCAA and club sports, and helped develop an Honors College on campus.