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 firstname.lastname@example.org.