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Staff Bios

Peter Higgins

Mr. Peter Higgins has been the Director of Student Success at Gordon State College since August 2008. He was born in Boston, MA, went to high school in North Carolina, earned an MA in American Literature at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), and did graduate work at the University of Tennessee. In addition to his duties as Director of Student Success, Mr. Higgins also teaches GFYE and STAR at Gordon and will be Faculty Fellow in Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Sue Gilpin

Sue Gilpin is Gordon State College's Testing Center Coordinator. Sue has worked at Gordon State College since 2003, moving to the Student Success Center in 2009 and to the Testing Center in 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Gordon State College in 2016.


Gay Grubbs

Gay Grubbs has worked at Gordon State College since 2010, first as a Learning Support Mathematics Instructor and, since 2013, as a Student Success Center Academic Advisor. She has a B.A. from LaGrange College and a M.Ed. from West Georgia College.


Tonya Moore

Tonya Moore has worked with Gordon State College since January 2009. She began as the Gordon @ Fort Valley Program Coordinator until May of 2012. She currently serves as a Professional Academic Advisor within the Student Success Center, Non-Traditional Student Advisor/Coordinator and the advisor for the recently established GSC Toastmasters International Club. Tonya Moore also serves as a professor within the Business and Social Sciences Department. A Michigan native, she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN and her Master's Degree from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in Human Capital Development.


Wanda Stuckey

Wanda Stuckey is a former high school English teacher who now now serves as an Academic Advisor in the Student Success Center. She has a B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.S. in English and English Education from Columbus State University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northcentral University. Additionally, Wanda has National Teaching Certification through NBPTS and a Certificate in Information Technology through Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University). Wanda first came to Gordon's Humanities division in 2007 before moving to the Student Success Center in 2011.


James Woodruff

James Woodruff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lander University in Psychology and a Masters of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Woodruff has over ten years of experience in higher education. Before joining Gordon in 2015, Mr. Woodruff worked as the Academic Advising, Counseling, and Retention advisor at Georgia State University at Perimeter. Mr. Woodruff teaches the Freshmen Seminar course and serves as the primary academic advisor to Learning Support, the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI), and Men's sports. In 2016, Mr. Woodruff received a certificate of completion from The Global Community for Academic Advising, also known as NACADA, for his participation in a course designed to improve academic success and eligibility certification for student-athletes.