Dr. Linda M. Bleicken
President of Armstrong Atlantic State University
Dr. Linda M. Bleicken joined Armstrong Atlantic State University on July 1, 2009, becoming the seventh Armstrong president and the first woman to lead the institution since the establishment of Armstrong Junior College in 1935.
President Bleicken’s arrival on campus proved auspicious for planning the university’s 75th anniversary in 2010. The year brought an opportunity not only to celebrate Armstrong’s history but also to create new campus traditions, including the recognition of notable alumni and the first campus-wide Day of Service to benefit Armstrong’s community non-profits and residents.
During her tenure, President Bleicken has ushered in a new strategic plan that reaffirms the university’s commitment to student success and sets forth five strategic goals for the institution. Under her leadership, the university has developed and implemented a new branding campaign that calls attention to Armstrong’s dedication to excellence in academics and its strong ties to our city and coastal region.
President Bleicken has been a tireless advocate for the university off-campus as well. Her efforts in the Georgia legislative arena have been instrumental in garnering and keeping safe the funding that is supporting the university’s new Library Learning Commons and other vital renovations. She is also a member of the legislative team for the American Association of State Colleges AASCU, and Universities, which takes her to Washington as an advocate for critical budgetary issues such as student financial aid and funding for higher education. President Bleicken has been involved in various capacities within the University System of Georgia, most recently serving on the search committee that introduced Hank M. Huckaby as the new USG chancellor in 2011.
Prior to joining Armstrong, President Bleicken served at Georgia Southern University for 19 years, 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 enrollment management, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.
She 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.