Gadsden State Community College has a new dean of Student Services.
Andy Green of Jacksonville will provide leadership, strategic planning and executive oversight of student enrollment, retention and success for credit and non-credit programs.
“I see the opportunities that community colleges have in serving the state of Alabama,” he said. “Community colleges provide academic courses, workforce development opportunities, adult education and so much more,” he said. “I understand the mission of the Alabama Community College System is to ensure educational accessibility, excellence and equity for Alabama citizens. This closely aligns with who I am as a person.”
Green comes to Gadsden State from Jacksonville State University, where he worked for 18 years. He earned two degrees from the JSU – a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2005 and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in spatial analysis management in 2008.
“Two weeks after earning my bachelor’s degree, I went to work at JSU as an admissions counselor,” he said. “I had a great time traveling in the region recruiting students to JSU.”
Three years later, Green was named a senior admissions counselor.
“This position really opened up the operations side of admissions,” he said. “I got into the application process and transcript reviews, which I had not done before.”
In 2009, Green became the school’s director of academic advising, a new position that centralized advising for undecided majors and student-athletes. A year later, he was named director of enrollment management, where he developed and executed an enrollment and recruitment plan that provided a 77 percent increase in first-year and transfer applications over a seven-year period.
In 2017, Green landed the position of director of community engagement and was responsible for forming partnerships between the university and community-based organizations, professionals and economic enterprises. The position eventually became responsible for continuing education and outreach as well.
In 2022, Green was named assistant dean of honors and special programs. It was an opportunity for him to gain experience in academic affairs.
“I enjoyed working with students in the honors program,” he said. “I worked closely with organizations in our service area to create and organize community service opportunities for these students. My experience across JSU allowed me to really understand how the honors program is vital to the institution. These are students who are the brightest and the best. I worked with them to ensure that they are engaged in the college experience and have a strong sense of belonging. It was exciting to be a part of it.”
Green is excited about being a part of a Gadsden State team that is making a difference in the lives of students.
“We know the value that certificates and degrees bring to individuals of all ages and to their communities,” he said. “For me, the goal is to ensure that everyone knows what Gadsden State has to offer and to understand that what we have to offer will positively impact lives.”
Green values partnerships, pointing out that he consistently takes on a collaborative approach in his work.
“Gadsden State is partnering with organizations to promote a vital workforce in our service area and in the entire state,” he said. “We are bridging education to the private sector for employment. Relationship building is so important.”
Green has cultivated his relationship with his community for many years. He was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2020 and appointed to the Civil Service Board and the Commercial Development Authority, of which he served as chairman in 2019.
The married father of two has served in leadership roles in the Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Alabama Banner Users Group and the Alabama ACT Council.
Through the Calhoun Area Chamber of Commerce, Green served as co-chair of the Calhoun County Complete Count Census Committee, was named Ambassador of the Year and is a graduate of Leadership Calhoun County. Through The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah, Green was in the inaugural cohort of the Professional Leadership Academy and is a graduate of Leadership Etowah.
“I believe in public service,” he said. “I believe in serving our communities in impactful ways.”
Green intends to help Gadsden State students achieve their definition of “success.”
“What is success?” he said. “Is it a paycheck? Is it the degree you earned? I want our students to achieve their own level of success and to feel like they are valued members of society.”