Staff Bios - (See Directory for Contact Info)

Jerry Oliver, Jr. 

Jerry Oliver Jr. is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. 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.

Katharine Whitelock (

Ms. Katharine Whitelock has her Bachelor's degree in English from Gordon State College. Before becoming an advisor, she was a substitute teacher and worked as a freelance writer. Katharine is excited to be working with incoming and current students at her alma mater. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

Charles Wilcox, Jr. (

What does it feel like to know that you have found your place in this world? It has been a long road for me, but I finally found mine, serving students as they try to find their place in the world. My name is Charles Wilcox and I am here as a Student Success Advisor to happily serve all of you - the students here at Gordon State College. Born on October 11, 1977, I was raised the first of eight children (only 5 lived in our house; I have a stepbrother and two stepsisters as well) in Michigan for the first 22 years of my life before moving to Tennessee, where I spent the next 22 years. Family is very important to me and even though I moved three hours away from them, I am still close to mine. The values of hard work, dedication and compassion that I had instilled in me by my mom at a young age are  values that I bring to the table in my exciting new career here at Gordon. I want all of you to feel free to come to my office no matter what it is that you might need to discuss or if you just want to say hello (and a few O-H-I-O chants is always nice too - GO BUCKEYES). Remember, I am happy to serve all of you.  Highlanders Forward! 

Kaitlin Jones (

Kaitlin Jones is one of Gordon State’s student success center advisors. Kaitlin earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Gordon State and is currently working on completing her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism at Ball State University. Before becoming an advisor at Gordon, Kaitlin worked in education as both a paraprofessional and a teacher in both special education and general education. She has always had a passion for learning and enjoys working in the field of education because she is an advocate for promoting success in all types of learners. In her personal time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family, friends and two dogs, traveling, and being outdoors.

Joanna Gibson (

Joanna began her career in higher education in 2010 right here at Gordon State in the Financial Aid office. She became an Academic Advisor in 2019 at Southern Crescent Technical College. She received her bachelor's degree from Gordon State in Human Services.  When not advising students, Joanna is usually spending time with her horses and seeing as much of this land by horseback as possible.  "Assisting students beginning their collegiate path and obtaining their goals is my purpose for being here at Gordon." 

Natashia Gates (

Natashia Gates is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, earning both a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern. In her spare time, Natashia enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons. She loves to read, watch crime shows and work with the youth at church as well as participate in various creative activities.

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 started the Testing Center in 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Gordon State College in 2016. 


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