Georgia Council of Graduate Schools Spring 2018 Conference

The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools Spring 2018 Conference & Meeting will  be on April 19 – 20, 2018 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Macon. 

The GCGS is comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff throughout the state who work in the area of graduate studies and MGA has had a strong presence in the GCGS for the past few years. Several MGA administrators, including Dr. Cantwell, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, and faculty members who teach graduate classes are presenting at the Spring 2018 Conference. The annual conference provides an opportunity to share knowledge, expertise, and best practices.

Please See Conference Schedule Below:

Thursday, April 19 GCGS Spring 2018 Conference

3:00–4:00 pm – Welcome & Keynote Address featuring Representative Robert Trammell, Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives

4:00–5:00 pm – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Showcase

5:00–7:00 pm – Reception, “Cocktails & Conversation” featuring live jazz music with Special Guest, Regent W. Allen Gudenrath and Welcome from Dr. Jonathan Anderson, Provost, MGA


Friday, April 20 GCGS Spring 2018 Conference

8:30–9:30 am – Breakfast and Plenary Sessions

9:45–10:45 am – First Set of Breakout Sessions

11:00 am–12:00 pm – Second Set of Breakout Sessions

12:30–2:00 pm – Lunch & Closing Remarks 

2:00 – 3:00 pm – GCGS Business Meeting (Closed Session)


Individuals may register for the conference here.

The $125 registration fee covers all events, sessions, and meals.


Official information about the GCGS:

Graduate education has a central role in providing individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to guaranteeing Georgia’s and the nation’s economic and social prosperity. The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools builds awareness of the benefits and value of a graduate degree to the students and citizens of Georgia.

Established in 2013, the Council was founded to represent graduate education in the state of Georgia with four goals:

  • to share knowledge of graduate education among its members
  • to advocate for the improvement and advancement of graduate education through appropriate channels
  • to review and implement policies related to graduate education within the state
  • to enhance communication with stakeholders. 

The Council is governed by elected officers that form the Executive Committee. The members of the committee include the president, a vice president/president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and immediate past president.

The Council meets twice each year, once during the spring semester and once during the fall semester. The spring meeting is planned as a conference for administrators and staff. The annual business meeting is held during the spring conference. The fall meeting allows administrators to carry forward the work initiated by the Council.

Membership in the Council is open to nonprofit institutions of higher education, which have a physical location in the state of Georgia and offer graduate programs/degrees. Member institutions must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Others, such corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals, may join as associate members. For more information about the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools please visit our website:


For more information contact Dr. Loretta Clayton via email at