The University System of Georgia college in Gainesville has appointed Melinda "Doc" Hawley as its first Ombuds. Hawley will follow IOA standards and serve as a resource for about 9,000 faculty, staff, and students.
Hawley joined the campus in 2004 and currently serves as the director of Personal Counseling and Wellness. Previous positions have included associate professor at Brenau University (2002-2004), director of public service and outreach and associate professor (public service faculty) at the University of Georgia (1993-2000), and assistant professor at Northern Arizona University (1991-1993). She graduated from and earned a PhD in Mass Communication and an MSW from the University of Georgia, Athens. She is a trained mediator, a therapist in private practice, and an evening psychotherapist at a local hospital. (Gainesville State College Ombuds; LinkedIn.)