Dr. Deborah E. Bordelon currently serves as the Provost and Executive President at Columbus State University (CSU) in Columbus Georgia. CSU is a state university focused on providing an accessible and high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education to approximately 8,200 traditional, nontraditional, veteran and military affiliated, and first-generation students. Approximately 46 percent of these students are students of color and three percent are international students. CSU employs over 300 full-time faculty, 222 part-time faculty, and 550 staff members with an annual budget of 112 million dollars and an endowment of 90 million dollars. Dr. Bordelon is responsible for five Academic Colleges (College of the Arts, College of Letters and Sciences, College of Education and Health Professions, Turner College of Business, and Honors College), Graduate School, the University Library, Enrollment Management, Office of Global Engagement, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Faculty Development Center, Center for Experiential Learning and Career Design, Office of Sponsored Programs, University Information and Technology Services, and Continuing and Professional Education.
She facilitated and supported the development and approval of a BS/MS in Robotics Engineering, Master of Public Health, Master of Arts in Communication, BBA in Cybersecurity Management, BS in Cybersecurity. She also led the efforts to be a forerunner in the University System of Georgia in the development, approval, and implementation of three Nexus degrees- Film Production, Cybersecurity of FinTech, and Public Safety. Through collaboration with academic colleges, student support services, and student affairs, she leads efforts to implement, integrate, assess, and evaluate USG student success initiatives, such as Momentum Approach, Gateways to Completion, and Complete College Georgia.
Her advancement activities include assisting the Vice President for University Advancement in setting funding priorities and providing support for the successful conclusion of the First Choice Campaign of over 100 million dollars. She has been able to work with the campus to significantly increase the number of faculty and staff involved in pursuing federal, state, and foundation grants and other external funding sources, currently totaling five million dollars in expenditures.
Prior to joining Columbus State University, Dr. Bordelon served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Governors State University in the suburbs of Chicago (July 2013 to February 2018). She oversaw all academic and student affairs units at the university and served as the chief executive officer in the absence of the President. These areas included four academic colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health and Human Services), Graduate Studies, the University Library, Student Affairs, University Events, Enrollment Management, Office of International Services, Office of Institutional Research, Center for Active Engagement and Scholarship, Digital Learning and Media, Honors Program, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.
At Governors State University, she led faculty and staff in preparing for the inaugural freshman class (2014) and in the development of an award-winning four-year structured undergraduate program. She oversaw the organization of the first residence hall as a living/learning community and the initiation of a competitive athletics program. Through her leadership and support, several new programs at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels have been developed and implemented. External funding steadily increased to over 20 million dollars in active grant awards being used to support university initiatives and faculty research.
In addition to having been a full-time faculty member, Dr. Bordelon served in a series of administrative positions including Division Chair of Education at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dean of the College of Education at Nicholls State University, and Dean of the College of Education and Dean of Graduate Studies at Governors State University. During her career, she has served as a faculty member and administrator at HBCU private and MSI public universities. These settings all focused on serving traditional and nontraditional undergraduate, master, and doctoral students.
Deborah firmly believes in the importance of community engagement and partnerships. She is actively engaged with K-12 schools, businesses, non-profit agencies, and hospitals. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the River Center for the Performing Arts in Columbus, GA and as a member of the Regional Advisory Board for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
Dr. Bordelon received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education, the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans. In addition, Dr. Bordelon participated in several executive leadership development programs including the Executive Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council of Independent Colleges, the Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Institute at Harvard, and the ACE-Office of Women in Higher Education – 77th National Leadership Forum on Women Administrators. She recently completed the Student Success Institute for Provosts sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
In her spare time, you will often find her with a good book. Deborah is an avid reader, and she especially enjoys mysteries. She is a strong supporter of the visual and performing arts. She also enjoys cooking and exploring new cuisines with her husband and friends.