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.

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 for over twenty years.



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.