Kathleen Freeman joins UGA-Griffin as ag school program coordinator

By for CAES News

Kathleen Chumbley Freeman has joined the University of Georgia Griffin campus as the academic program coordinator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Freeman is a graduate of Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton. She earned an associate’s degree in business from Gordon College and a bachelor’s degree in business from the UGA Terry College of Business.

She learned about UGA-Griffin while driving from Hampton to Barnesville, Georgia, when she was a student at Gordon College.

“I passed the big ‘G’ on the lawn when I was driving back and forth. Then I met the Terry College coordinator when she came and spoke to us at Gordon,” she said. “After I earned my associate’s (degree), I decided to attend UGA-Griffin because it was right around the corner.”

As a student at UGA-Griffin, Freeman served as a student ambassador and president of the campus’s student advisory council. She also worked full time as a probation officer. After graduation, she accepted a position as an admissions counselor at Gordon College.

After working as an admissions counselor for two years, Freeman learned that she loved recruiting students, but she wanted a job at UGA-Griffin.

“I just love the atmosphere (on the Griffin campus) and the community and family feel the campus has. Many of the same people who were my mentors when I was a student are still here,” she said.

Now recruiting students to the agricultural majors offered at UGA-Griffin, Freeman focuses on meeting 4-H members and school-age students in agriculture-related clubs and classes.

“I’m going to work on changing how people see agriculture. It’s more than farmers and tractors,” she said. “I have a business degree and I’m working in agriculture, the No. 1 business in Georgia.”

Freeman feels the experience she has as a former UGA-Griffin student will help her in her new position.

“The campus has grown since I was a student here. Everything seems to be on a grander scale. We have a food truck that visits and we will soon have a café in the Mule Barn,” she said.

For more information on the UGA-Griffin academic program, go to www.griffin.uga.edu. To contact Freeman regarding UGA-Griffin agriculture majors, call (770) 228-7314 or email kfreeman@uga.edu.

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