Advisors

Below are the Student Government Association advisors. The advisors are meant to guide SGA decision-making by providing different scenarios and questioning the thought process leading up to actions taken by the organization. Being advised by a diverse group of people with different talents assures that SGA is in capable hands and the student body is being represented responsibly.

Dr. Bill McDonald

Dr. Bill McDonald, Dean of Students

William M. “Bill” McDonald has been the Dean of Students at the University of Georgia since January 1, 2011. Dean McDonald's prior experiences include: 8.5 years as Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Presbyterian College; twelve years as Vice President and Dean of Students at Carson-Newman College; and nine years of residence life experience at University of Memphis, University of Georgia, Catawba College and Lenoir-Rhyne College. His professional interests include: assessing student perceptions of community with their institution, building campus community, diversity training, ethical decision making, and developing model partnerships between academic and student affairs. Author of dozens of publications in higher education journals, Dean McDonald holds an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Jan Barham

Dr. Jan Barham, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center

Jan Davis Barham is Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Tate Student Center. She is responsible for managing the operations of Tate to include facility services, Campus Reservations, Event and Technical Services, Print & Copy Services,UGACard Office and the Center for Student Activities and Involvement, which administers the Student Government Association, University Union Student Programming Board, Pandora Yearbook, WUOG 90.5FM, the Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Leadership Resource Team and the Center for Student Organizations (CSO). CSO registers nearly 800 student organizations annually.
Jan received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2004, her master’s degree from Appalachian State University in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1994. She has served as a graduate faculty member in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia for the last seven years. Jan has authored dozens of published articles including Increasing Accountability in Student Affairs Through a New Comprehensive Assessment Model, and most recently co-edited a book, A Practitioners Guide to Assessment.

Taylor Cain

Taylor Cain, Associate Director of the Tate Student Center and Director of the Center for Student Activities & Involvement

Taylor Cain currently serves as the Associate Director of the Tate Student Center and Director of the Center for Student Activities & Involvement whose office oversees the registration of nearly 800 student organizations annually; advises the University Union Student Programming Board and Homecoming Committee; advises student governance efforts through the Student Government Association and the Graduate-Professional Student Association; coordinates student media outlets that include the Pandora Yearbook and WUOG 90.5 FM; hosts the Collegiate Leadership Conference—an annual regional student leadership development conference; oversees students-in-transition programs such as Freshman Programs and the Transfer Student Experience; organizes the National Student Exchange domestic study-away program; and provides additional leadership development opportunities for students through involvement on campus and in the community.

Taylor first joined the University of Georgia in 2013. She is concurrently a student in UGA’s College Student Affairs Administration Ph.D. program. Additionally, she received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina.

Brian Garsh

Brian Garsh, Graduate Advisor

Brian Garsh is the Graduate Assistant for the Student Government Association at the University of Georgia.  He is a second-year graduate student in the College Student Affairs Administration M.Ed. program and will graduate in May 2018.  Brian is originally from Edison, New Jersey, where he graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2015 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry Secondary Education.  His professional interests include: student governance, student engagement, fraternity and sorority life, and student leadership programs.