Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Georgia Regents University, has accepted the role of Historian-in-Residence for the consolidated university.
“This appointment signals the importance of our university history and culture,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “While we work to build a new university, we will build new traditions, but we will remain vigilant in preserving and sharing our past.”
Caldwell will report to the Provost through GRU’s Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, where she maintains a faculty appointment, but work closely with the Department of Community Relations and Museums in the university’s Office of Communications and Marketing.
She and Dr. Lois Ellison, GRU Medical Historian-in-Residence, are currently contributing to the production of a pictorial history of the university and the establishment of a new university museum. She will also contribute to the written histories of the former Medical College of Georgia, Augusta State University, and Georgia Health Sciences University.
“Lee Ann’s historical acumen, coupled with Lois’ more than 70 years of experience, will prove invaluable as we progress on these key initiatives to preserve, protect, and share the unique history of our university,” added GRU President Ricardo Azziz.
A nationally respected scholar of Georgia and Augusta histories, Caldwell has appeared or consulted on history projects for Georgia Public Television, Morris Communications, and Scrapbook Video.
She is President of the Georgia Association of Historians and has been honored by the Society of Colonial Wars, the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. In addition to her ties to statewide organizations, she is involved with Historic Augusta, Inc., the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home Committee, the Augusta Richmond County Historical Society, Augusta Civil War 150 Steering Committee, the Laney Walker Heritage Trail Committee, and the Morris Museum.
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