Staff Bios

Jerry Oliver, Jr. 

Jerry Oliver Jr.  is a seasoned trainer, speaker, facilitator, advocate, activist, consultant,  and administrator. A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Jerry has been mentoring, coaching, and advising students throughout his decade long career in higher education focusing specifically on their academic achievement, personal development, equity gaps, leadership potential, and overall sense of cultural well-being.  Jerry has Masters’ degrees in Higher Education Administration and Evaluation, Assessment, Research & Learning from Georgia Southern University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Georgia Southern University. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys  playing and watching sports, binge watching television shows and hanging out with his family.


Valerie Calhoun

Ms. Valerie Calhoun earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Literature and a Masters of Music in Music Literature from the University of Georgia. She has taught music classes and music appreciation classes at Gordon for many years. She also served as Interim Admissions Director in 2017. Ms. Calhoun joined the Student Success Center as an Academic Success Lecturer and Advisor in August 2018. She teaches the Freshmen Introduction to Reasoning Essentials (FIRE) course for first-year students in addition to being a faculty advisor. Ms. Calhoun is also currently working with a class of First Generation College students.





James Woodruff

Mr. James Woodruff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lander University and a Masters of Education degree from the University of South Carolina.

A graduate of the 2018-2019 Highlander Leadership Academy, Mr. Woodruff worked with other experienced and emerging leaders from across campus divisions to develop leadership skills and grow in understanding of the Highlander Ethos. 

Mr. Woodruff is a Student Success Advisor and Lecturer and serves as the primary Athletic Academic Advising Services Advisor to NJCAA Division I college athletics. In 2016, he earned a certificate from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising to improve the academic success and eligibility certification of student-athletes.

Effective August 1, 2019, Professor Woodruff is the Access Coordinator, Fort Valley State University and GAP for Academic Year 2019-2020.

Sanford Dennis

Mr. Sanford Dennis is a 20 year veteran of Higher Education. He has worked at career colleges, technical colleges, research institutions, and historically black colleges. He has served in various capacities as a faculty and staff member. He has a B.S. Degree from Ball State University and an MBA from Fontbone University.  He is a native of St. Louis, MO but has made Atlanta his home from over twenty years.

Maria Cezus

Ms. Maria Cezus received both BS and M. Ed degrees in Education.  She is a life-long educator, teaching and providing learning opportunities for students from all walks of life and believes that opportunity is the only defining factor for success. Maria joined the faculty at GSC as a Learning Support Reading Instructor in 2009 and then moved to the Student Success Center in 2011 as a Professional Tutor and still occasionally teaches what she describes as her most favorite course, STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility). In addition to helping students develop time management plans and study skills, she provides students with individualized strategies for their unique, preferred ways of learning. 

Sue Gilpin

Ms. 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.