When classes at Brenau University’s north Florida campus resume later this month, they will take place under the watchful eye of Brenau veteran administrator and alumna Alecia Webb. She started her new role as the campus director July 1, replacing the interim chief Donny Moore who has retired. For the past year, Webb has pulled double duty assisting with the ramp-up of the Jacksonville campus and the wind-down of the university’s on-base operations at the U.S. Navy Kings Bay Submarine Base.
Webb, a St. Marys, Georgia, native earned both a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in management from Brenau at the Kings Bay campus. She started work for Brenau while she was still a student and, in her 11 years at Kings Bay, she taught several classes and rose to the assistant director position. In May 2016 she received the university’s Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award at spring commencement exercises.
“Alecia demonstrates an understanding of best practices in leadership, works collaboratively and has excellent communication skills,” said Associate Provost Crystal Toombs. “I am confident that she will support the continued growth and success of the Jacksonville campus.”
Earlier in her career, Webb was an administrator for electronic records development company Prism Medical and a nuclear power plant simulation graphics technician and quality assurance specialist for Jacksonville-based Corys Thunder Inc.
Webb said the Jacksonville campus – located in a region where the population is more than half active duty and veterans, civilian employees of the military or organizations serving armed forces and veterans, and dependents of all of those groups – will clearly continue the university’s long and outstanding record as a military- and veteran-friendly school. Her time at the Kings Bay campus “was a very interesting experience as a student and director amid so many military and veteran students, both younger and older community members and a variety of adjuncts,” Webb said. “It just made for a great learning experience because of the diversity.”
Jacksonville, she said, is “a new horizon for Brenau, and I think we have a great opportunity here to expand our student body and spread the Brenau message throughout Florida. We definitely want to build the business programs and, once we have a solid student base, see if there are other programs that can be brought to the Jacksonville campus.”
The most exciting aspect of the new position, Webb said, is the potential to make an impact on students’ lives.
“I know how hard it can be to go back to college as an adult student,” she said. “That’s why I am looking forward to helping them fulfill their dream of earning a degree.”