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Kiefer Selected as New Provost & Vice President at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

TIFTON—Dr. J. Michael Kiefer has been selected as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

ABAC President Tracy Brundage said Kiefer is well qualified for the role.

“Dr. Kiefer brings a high level of experience to this position,” Brundage said. “He has familiarity with the University System of Georgia, and I believe he can make an immediate positive impact on our institution.”

Kiefer presently serves as the Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Campus Dean at the State College of Florida, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to that time, he was the  Dean of Academic Affairs and Campus Dean at the State College of Florida for two years.

The State College of Florida serves approximately 10,000 college credit students each semester at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and E-Campus, offering certificates, and  associate and baccalaureate degree programs.

Kiefer’s past experience includes multiple years of service at Darton State College in Albany, where he was the Dean of Health and Physical Education and Director of Athletics from 2007-14 and  then Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2014-16.

From 2002-07, Kiefer served as the Faculty-CTE Program Director for Health and Fitness Professionals/Director of Athletics at Neosho (Kans.) County College.

Kiefer earned his Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Leadership in Higher Education from Columbus State University, his Juris Doctor degree from the Concord Law School of Purdue  University Global, his Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Central Missouri, his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Missouri University of  Science and Technology, and his Associate of Arts degree from State Fair (Mo.) Community College.

Dr. Amy Willis has served as Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at ABAC since the retirement of Dr. Jerry Baker on July 31, 2022.

“Dr. Willis has given her heart and soul to this position during this time of transition,” Brundage said. “She is an ABAC alumna, and she has served her alma mater with distinction for over 25  years. I want to extend my personal thanks for all she has done for ABAC and will continue to do as an ABAC administrator.”

Kiefer will assume his duties at ABAC on May 15.


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