Leadership at Wesleyan

Vivia stands outside smiling with arms crossed.

A Message from our President, Dr. Vivia Fowler

Greetings from Wesleyan College! 

Whether you are a prospective student or family member; a current member of our academic community; a potential visitor to our beautiful, historic campus; or someone who wants to learn more about the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, we welcome you to our campus and to this virtual introduction to Wesleyan College.

Wesleyan College has a remarkable history that spans more than 180 years of being “Forever First for Women.” Think of it: Eighty years before women could vote in the United States, Wesleyan College offered women an opportunity for higher education equal to that which only men could achieve. Capitalizing on our past, today we are also focused on our future that is “committed to women’s education and helping every student find a unique voice and purpose” (Mission Statement). Our strengths include

  • Academically challenging and relevant liberal arts education
  • Close connection between faculty and students, including research opportunities for students
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration for teaching and learning, including opportunities for interdisciplinary majors and self-designed majors
  • Diverse, inclusive community that encourages creativity, innovation, and leadership
  • Exceptional student support systems and programs to maximize student success
  • Strong connections with the Middle Georgia community and with thousands of alumnae throughout the world
  • Emphasis on empowering graduates to think critically and act justly in future endeavors.

I cherish these characteristics of Wesleyan College, an exceptional residential, liberal arts college for women, and I believe in them. I speak from more than three decades of experience as a graduate, professor and administrator of two United Methodist women’s colleges. Joining me in this commitment to women’s higher education is a remarkable faculty and staff who are devoted to Wesleyan and her students. I challenge you to find better teacher/scholars and support staff in higher education.

I urge you to browse our website and learn more about our people and programs. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services if you are—or know of—a prospective student. Ask about our generous merit and talent scholarships. Visit our beautiful campus. Join us for a fine arts event, an athletic competition, or a preview day for prospective students. Stop by my office to say hello!

Wesleyan College is a special place, and if you seek the next best step in your higher education journey, it might be just the place for you. I look forward to hearing from you or meeting you very soon.

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Vivia Lawton Fowler, Ph.D.



The President’s Cabinet

Melody Blake


Melody Blake, Provost of the CollegeSince 2017, Dr. Melody Blake has served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. As provost, is also responsible for strategic planning, development of new programs, and leading a world class faculty in educating women.

Prior to serving Wesleyan Dr. Blake worked as provost at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also served for three years as vice president of Mission Services at Goodwill of the Heartland. She spent 20 years in the classroom, teaching development and social psychology. A native of California, Blake earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Her research areas of interests include assessment of academic programs, change management, and women’s friendships. mblake@wesleyancollege.edu


Christy Henry

Dean of Students

Christy Henry, Dean of StudentsHaving served Wesleyan College for more than fifteen years, Henry accepted the position of dean of students in 2018. Henry most recently served as Wesleyan’s assistant dean of academic resources, earning national recognition as Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Prior to working in academic resources, Henry served as the director of residence life and assistant dean of students.

As dean of students, Henry oversees the Division of Student Affairs consisting of health and counseling services, residence life, diversity and inclusion, service and leadership, disability and advocacy services, international student programs and study abroad as well as the Mathews Athletic Center. chenry@wesleyancollege.edu


Tonya Parker

Chief Diversity Officer & Assistant Dean
Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator

Tonya Parker smiles for the camera.Tonya Parker '01 is the Chief Diversity Officer. Parker, a 2001 graduate of Wesleyan College, previously served as the director of education and outreach at the Tubman Museum of African American Art, History, and Culture, and as the executive camp and program director for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Inc. Parker provides support, trainings, workshops and other educational opportunities for campus community members to be informed, engaged and intentional about inclusive behavior and practices. Parker is the campus Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for the implementation and management of the College's policies, procedures, investigations, and compliance efforts concerning harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. Parker works with campus members to foster inclusivity, respect and responsibility through awareness, acceptance and appreciation of the unique individuals within our campus community. tparker@wesleyancollege.edu


Clint Hobbs

Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management

Clint Hobbes, VP of AdmissionsHobbs began working for his alma mater, Young Harris College, soon after graduating in 1988. For twenty-seven years he served in various positions in Young Harris's office of admission, culminating as vice president for enrollment management and external relations from 2004-2016. In 2016, Clint left Young Harris to focus his full attention on consultant work with prestigious institutions such as York College of Pennsylvania and Benedictine University. 

A registered enrollment professional (REP), Clint is the 2016 recipient of the Carol Nobles Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, having served as the organization's president 2009-2010. He is chair of the Georgia Non-Public Post-Secondary Education Commission by appointment from the governor. He earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Georgia in 1990 and his master of education in higher education from UGA in 1995. chobbs@wesleyancollege.edu


Larry Wakefield

Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Andrea Williford 

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Andrea Williford, VP for AdvancementWilliford started her career at Wesleyan in 2011 as director of annual giving, and assumed her current position in the office of advancement in 2014. She also oversees the offices of advancement, alumnae affairs, and communications.

Williford is a graduate of Wake Forest University and brings to Wesleyan a background in fundraising for various organizations including United Way of Central Georgia, Central Georgia Technical College, and the Ocmulgee Heritage Greenway (now the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail). Prior to joining the Wesleyan College staff, she was a Bill Blass New York Regional Manager for seventeen states. A member of the Downtown Rotary Club, Williford currently serves on the Board of Historic Macon. She is a past board president of the Museum of Arts and Sciences and Macon Arts Alliance, and has served as a board member for the Hay House, Macon/Bibb Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Macon. awilliford@wesleyancollege.edu



George F. Pierce 1836-1840 
William H. Ellison 1840-1851 
Edwards H. Myers 1851-1854 
Osborne L. Smith 1854-1859 
John M. Bonnell 1859-1871 
Edward H. Myers 1871-1874 
William C. Bass 1874-1894 
Edgar H. Rowe 1894-1896 
John D. Hammond 1896-1898 
William J. Roberts 1898-1903
Dupont Guerry 1903-1909 
William N. Ainsworth 1909-1912 
Charles R. Jenkins 1912-1920 
William F. Quillian 1920-1931 
Dice R. Anderson 1931-1941 
J. Arthur Moore 1941-1942 
N. C. McPherson, Jr. 1942-1946 
Silas Johnson 1946-1951 
William F. Quillian (Acting) 1951-1952 
B. Joseph Martin 1953-1959 
W. Earl Strickland 1960-1979 
Fred W. Hicks 1979-1983 
J. Fredrick Wilson (Acting) 1983-1984 
Robert K. Ackerman 1984-1997 
Nora Kizer Bell 1997-2002
Ruth A. Knox '75 (Acting) 2002-2003 
Ruth A. Knox '75 2003-2017

Calendar of Events

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NCAA Division III Athletics

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