George Timmons, PhD

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Dean, School of Liberal Arts

George Timmons, PhD, serves as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College. In this role, he works with the School’s faculty program directors, academic advisors and staff to facilitate and nurture academic excellence. In addition, he was instrumental in building infrastructure and managing the activities that support the growth and development of Excelsior College’s online education program.

Dr. Timmons has skills in web-based learning management, developing academic policy, managing curriculum, and developing academic programs. His expertise is in managing distance learning programs, adult/continuing education, and overseeing learning services. His focus is on achieving results by convening stakeholders, facilitating consensus, and using empirical information to form initiatives, meeting strategic organizational goals. He is committed to mutually beneficial processes and shared governance through the clear communication of issues, goals, and strategies. He served as a American Council Education Fellow (class 2013) a prestigious program design to develop professionals for senior leadership roles in higher education. Finally, he considers himself to be an open, collaborative leader with the ability to engage dialogue across constituencies. He has served as dean of online education and learning serves at Excelsior College, assistant dean at North Carolina Wesleyan College and site director at Old Dominion University (VA).

Timmons received his PhD in higher education from Bowling Green State University (OH), his MS in student affairs from Old Dominion University (VA), and his BS in finance from Norfolk State University (VA). He also attended the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.


  • Higher Education
  • Learning Services
  • Online Education
  • Policy, Program and Curriculum Development
  • Leadership
  • Web-based Learning Management


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Higher Education, Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Master of Science in Education, Higher Education and College Counseling, Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Norfolk State University
  • Education, Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Council on Education Fellowship, Union College
  • Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, Kappa Charities of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.,
  • Black and Latino Achiever’s Award, Capital District YMCA
  • Evaluator and Substantive Change Committee Member, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Selected Presentations

  • “How Our Past Informs Our Future: What Will Higher Education Institutions of the Future Look Like?” co-presenter, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2013
  • “Using the Center for Transforming Student Services Online Audit Tool, presenter, The Twentieth Annual Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunication (WCET), August 2008
  • “Leadership Challenges in Implementing a Learning Organization’s Strategic Plan,” SLOAN-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, November 2005

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Society of College and University Planning, Member and Strategic Planning Certification Holder, 2012 – present
  • Middle States Commission of Higher Education, Peer Evaluator and Member, Substantive Change Committee, 2005 – present
  • University Professional and Continuing Education, Member, 2004 – present