The Savannah Tribune Celebrates Women’s History Month

Dr. Linda M. Bleicken AASU President

Dr. Linda M. Bleicken
Dr. Linda M. Bleicken

Dr. Linda M. Bleicken joined Armstrong Atlantic State University on July 1, 2009, becoming the seventh Armstrong president and the first woman to lead the institution since the establishment of Armstrong Junior College in 1935.

President Bleicken’s arrival on campus proved auspicious for planning the university’s 75th anniversary in 2010. The year brought an opportunity not only to celebrate Armstrong’s history but also to create new campus traditions, including the recognition of notable alumni and the first campus-wide Day of Service to benefit Armstrong’s community non-profits and residents.

During her tenure, President Bleicken has ushered in a new strategic plan that reaffirms the university’s commitment to student success and sets forth five strategic goals for the institution. Under her leadership, the university has developed and implemented a new branding campaign that calls attention to Armstrong’s dedication to excellence in academics and its strong ties to our city and coastal region.

“ I want to enhance student learning outcomes through effective recruiting practices and enhancement of transformative learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom,” Bleicken said. “I also want to enhance campus technologies to better serve both oncampus and off-campus students.”

President Bleicken has been a tireless advocate for the university off-campus as well. Her efforts in the Georgia legislative arena have been instrumental in garnering and keeping safe the funding that is supporting the university’s new Library Learning Commons and other vital renovations.

She is also a member of the legislative team for the American Association of State Colleges AASCU, and Universities, which takes her to Washington as an advocate for critical budgetary issues such as student financial aid and funding for higher education.

President Bleicken has been involved in various capacities within the University System of Georgia, most recently serving on the search committee that introduced Hank M. Huckaby as the new USG chancellor in 2011.

She has had many fond memories of her career at Armstrong.

“I have observed the talent and collaborative work displayed by faculty/student research presentations at our Student Scholars Symposium,” Bleicken said.

Bleicken credits her sincere desire to create opportunities that will enhance the lives of our students, faculty, and staff for what led her to her career at Armstrong.

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