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Steve Dempsey is an Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia (UGA). Dempsey helps guide the office's Community and Economic Development Initiative, which includes the Archway Partnership Project, Poverty and the Economy Initiative, the UGARF Poverty Grants Program, and the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP) partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG). He also coordinates strategic planning, performance measures development, director and institution reviews, public service faculty promotion, the Hill awards, Staff Award for Excellence, and the Public Service and Outreach annual meeting and awards program.
In his previous position as the Assistant Director of the Institute of Community and Area Development (ICAD), Dempsey's work in community economic development focused on the development and implementation of the creative group problem-solving laboratory and participatory policy design at UGA. He also provided management consultation to state and local governments, and recreation service delivery agencies on growth-management related issues and facilitator training.
Dempsey earned a B.S. degree from Montclair State College, an M.S. degree from Western Kentucky University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia.
Paul Brooks serves as Associate Vice President for Public Service & Outreach (PSO) at The University of Georgia (UGA). Brooks works to connect UGA’s schools and colleges with PSO's extensive network of expertise in leadership, government, business, service, and nonprofits to enrich UGA’s education and research missions. He promotes UGA’s capacity to address societal and workforce needs locally and globally through technical assistance, service learning, continuing education, and applied research. He also oversees several PSO programs, such as Faculty Promotion, Faculty Fellowship, and Graduate Student Assistantship.
Previously, Brooks was Assistant Dean of Nontraditional Education & Outreach, and Graduate Coordinator for Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Regulatory Affairs at UGA's College of Pharmacy. Prior to his administrative and faculty positions at UGA, Brooks worked for The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Bethesda, MD in the area of national accreditation and assessment. Earlier, he was clinical faculty at The University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and Duke University College of Medicine's Family Medicine Residency Program
In addition to his clinical practice and teaching, Brooks’ administrative work and scholarship primarily has focused on flexible curricula and novel distance education delivery and assessment of academic and outreach programs for working professionals in biomedical practices and industries.
Brooks is a registered pharmacist, receiving the Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University and completing a postdoctoral pharmacy residency and fellowship in Alabama and Georgia, respectively. He also holds the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from UGA’s Institute of Higher Education.
Matt Bishop is an interim Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach (PSO) at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, he served as director of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. In that role, he was responsible for the overall strategic direction and programmatic operations of the institute in fulfillment of its mission to strengthen communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, education, and training.
Before becoming Fanning director in 2012, Bishop served as the coordinator of operations for UGA’s Archway Partnership where he was instrumental in helping UGA expand Archway from three to eight communities. His 15-year career at UGA also includes serving on the faculty of the Fanning Institute and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and as the principal investigator for UGA’s Initiative on Poverty and the Economy. Prior to UGA, Matt served as associate director of the Governor’s Rural Development Council and as Regional Resource Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
In addition to his professional experience, Bishop serves as the current president of Leadership Georgia. He has served as a member of the Georgia 4-H State Advisory Council, trustee of the Jekyll Island Foundation, board member of L.E.A.D. Athens, and member of the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST Committee. He is involved in the Rotary Club of Athens, coaches Athens Little League and teaches Sunday School at Athens First Presbyterian Church.
Bishop has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia’s 40 Under 40, and by his alma mater, Presbyterian College, with the 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year Award. His outstanding career at UGA has earned him the Walter B. Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach.
He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Presbyterian College, and a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia.