Dr. Linda M. Bleicken joined Armstrong Atlantic State University in July 2009, becoming the seventh Armstrong president and the first woman to lead the institution since the establishment of Armstrong Junior College in 1935.
Previously, for 19 years, Dr. Bleicken served at Georgia Southern University, beginning as assistant professor of management. Her tenure at Georgia Southern included serving as acting chair of the department of management, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, vice president for student affairs, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.
As provost, Dr. Bleicken helped foster the addition of three doctoral degrees to graduate offerings, collaborated in the establishment of the Center for Online Learning and created a team that launched a successful retention and graduation initiative beginning in 2005. She chaired the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ (SACS) reaccreditation between 2004 and 2006, serving as SACS liaison.
Dr. Bleicken holds Ph.D. and master of science degrees in management from Georgia State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing magna cum laude, also from Georgia State. She serves on the boards of the Ossabaw Island Foundation and the Union Mission and is a member of the Savannah Rotary Club.
As the president of Armstrong, Dr. Bleicken understands and values the historical bonds between the university and the city of Savannah. At the top of her agenda are to continue Armstrong’s long tradition of meeting the region’s workforce needs and to elevate the level of student success.