Andrew College Theatre Earns Recognition at Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Andrew College Theatre attends Kennedy Center Theatre Festival 2023

CUTHBERT, GA (February 17, 2023) —Members of Andrew College Theatre traveled to Georgia Southern University to participate in Region 4 of KCACTF. In attendance were Woodall Academic Honorees: Dylan Kelly, Chance Mock, and Koldyn Swift, as well as Isaiah Carroll, Darris “D.J.” Hodges, Jr., Leshunti Mizell, Mailan McTier, and Hyde Wright. Associate Professor Deborah Liss-Green and Dean of Student Affairs Chicquan Cannon accompanied them to the competition.
Koldyn Swift and D.J. Hodges were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition based on their performances in the fall production, which was entered as a KCACTF Associate Entry. At the Festival, D.J. performed in the Student Award-winning One-Act play reading. In addition to these acting honors, the following students received Woodall Grants to support their travel and participation:

Dylan Kelly participated in the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy at KCACTF Region 4.  For each of the four full days at the Festival, Dylan participated in workshops with the ITJA leaders and the guest artist, Jose Solís, a Honduran cultural critic. He is the founder/director of the BIPOC Critics Lab and the creator/host of Token Theatre Friends. During the workshops, Dylan participated in discussions and critical writing on the shows presented at the Festival. He received Honorable Mention honors at the concluding Gala.

Chance Mock was nominated to participate in the Dramaturgy Fellowship during KCACTF Region 4. His nomination was based on his dramaturgy work in our fall production for youth, “Trickster Tales,”; for which he did research and created educational materials for the school groups that attended. Before the Festival, he created a dramaturgy casebook to showcase his work that was reviewed by the professional dramaturg Heather Helinsky. Heather Helinsky is a freelance dramaturg based in Philadelphia and the new Literary Manager for Playwrights Foundation and Jewish Plays Project.

Koldyn Swift organized and led the Andrew College Theatre student-devised work that was entered into the Region Devised Theatre competition. He led the creation of an original performance piece that was inspired by the Kennedy Center National Devised Theatre Prompt:  “To See and to Be Seen.” Their piece received responses from three professional performers and professors, including Festival Guest Artist–Bill Bowers, a Broadway veteran and renowned mime artist. The piece featured Koldyn, Malain, Chance, and Isaiah and was chosen to be performed at the closing festival gala and received a certificate for Excellence in Devised Theatre. Leshunti and Hyde served as the stage managers of the performance.

During the closing Gala, Deb Liss-Green was named an incoming Vice-Chair of Region IV. She will serve in this capacity for three years and as Co-Chair of the Region for three years.



About Andrew College

Established in 1854, Andrew College is related to The United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science and Certificates.


For more information about Andrew College, visit


Andrew College names Dr. William R. Kennedy as its next president

CUTHBERT, GA (March 3, 2023)-Andrew College has named Dr. William “Rusty” Kennedy, currently the Vice President of Admissions and Athletics at Midway University, as its next president. The announcement comes after a national search that began after Dr. Linda R. Buchanan, who has served as president for the last eight years, announced her retirement in September.

“We are really excited about Rusty Kennedy becoming our next president. He brings an array of skills, experience, and character attributes that will serve Andrew and the community well. The trustees were unanimous in their vote to elect him, and we heard great things about him from faculty, staff, students, and community members. The Search Committee felt that he was a great fit and can bring exactly what we need at this point in the life of the College. We are grateful to Linda Buchanan for her vision and leadership over the past eight years, and we feel that Rusty will complement and build upon her outstanding contributions,” said George Flowers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Kennedy has experience at several public and private institutions, and his portfolio over the past several years includes progressive experience in intercollegiate athletics, student services, and admissions/enrollment. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a graduate degree from Southern Nazarene University, and a doctorate in business administration from the University of the Cumberlands. He will start his duties as Andrew College’s 30th president on June 5th.

Andrew College, Georgia College and State University sign an articulation agreement for bachelor’s degree graduates
Andrew College faculty and staff sign agreement Georgia College and State University

CUTHBERT, GA (February 17, 2023) —Andrew College signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for graduates of its bachelors programs. Georgia College and State University reached out to establish a seamless transfer of Andrew’s graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration into GCSU’s Georgia WebMBA®, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MLSCM), Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS), and MMIS Online Graduate Certificates in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business and Technology.

Present at the virtual signing were Andrew College officials: President Dr. Linda Buchanan, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Karan Pittman, Division Coordinator of Social Sciences Dr. Charles Roberts, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Business Administration Program Coordinator Dr. Robert S. Kortbawi, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. Chris Serafin, and Professor of English and Coordinator of Program Development and Accreditation Amanda Knight. From GCSU, officials included  Dr. Holley Roberts, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Director of The Graduate School; Dr. Micheal Stratton, Dean of the College of Business; Dr. Tanya Goette, Associate Dean of the College of Business; Kari Brown, Coordinator, Business Outreach, Cassie Napier, Graduate Admissions Recruiter, Dr. James Arias, Chair, Economics, and Finance Dept., Dr. Scott Cox, Assistant Professor of Management, Dr. Whitney Ginder, Associate Professor Marketing, Dr. Mehrnaz Khalaj Hedayati, Assistant Professor of Management, Leigh MacLeod, Administrative Assistant for the Management, Logistics, and Marketing Dept., Dr. Bill Donoher, Chair, Management, Logistics, and Marketing Dept., and Dr. Sandria Stephenson, Assistant Professor of Accounting.

“We are excited to partner with Georgia College and State University in our first articulation agreement for graduates of our bachelor programs,” stated Andrew College President Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D. “We hope this pathway between our institutions will encourage more students to pursue their master’s.

Through the agreement, all students interested in a career in business that complete the appropriate bachelor’s degree program can continue online and/or in classroom settings.


Andrew College faculty and staff sign virtual agreement with GCSU for business program


About Andrew College

Established in 1854, Andrew College is related to The United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science and Certificates.


For more information about Andrew College, visit


Landahl is announced as the 2022-2023 Andrew College Ray Scholarship recipient
President Linda R. Buchanan, student Linus Landahl, and Andrew College golf Coach Aaron Feyes.

CUTHBERT, GA (February 10, 2023) —Andrew College is pleased to announce that Linus Landahl has been awarded the Alouise K. and Albert W. Ray Scholarship for the academic year 2022-2023. Mrs. Kathy King, Andrew College presidential daughter, and trustee, has generously funded a unique scholarship for an academically promising freshman student. The scholarship will be awarded in January and will cover one semester of study at Andrew College and a unique, independent travel-study experience for the student. With this travel-study scholarship, Mrs. King hopes to strengthen the awardee, personally, academically, and intellectually: she asserts “Our perspective about most subjects is shaped by the range of our exposure. Travel increases that range of exposure and our comfort level with unfamiliar situations. Travel also facilitates the integration of abstract concepts to enhance critical thinking… My husband and I decided to include a travel provision in this scholarship because we had each experienced how travel broadened our perspective, range of interests, and self-confidence.” The awardee, Linus Landahl, is a member of the Andrew College Golf Team, and nominating professor Dr. Bob Kortbawi comments that Linus “has displayed rigor and drive toward his academics as well as his golf.” Linus, a Swedish citizen, plans to use his study-travel award to go to Minnesota during the summer of 2023 and research the history of Swedish immigration to the United States. He will return to Andrew College for Fall 2023 and share his research with presentations to the campus. Linus says, “I want to thank Mrs. Kathy King for the phenomenal opportunity and look forward to meeting her when I complete this journey.”


Photo detail: President Linda R. Buchanan congratulates student Linus Landahl on receiving the 2022-2023 Ray Scholarship.

President Linda R. Buchanan congratulates student Linus Landahl on receiving the 2022-2023 Ray Scholarship.


About Andrew College

Established in 1854, Andrew College is related to The United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science and Certificates.

For more information about Andrew College, visit

Andrew College and Georgia Southwestern sign agreement for Long-Term Care Management Program
Georgia Southwestern, Andrew College sign agreement for Long-Term Care Management Program

CUTHBERT, GA (January 9, 2023) — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Andrew College recently signed a Pathway Memorandum of Understanding that is designed to ensure a smooth transition from associate degree programs at Andrew to GSW’s Bachelor’s degree program in Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) program.

Through the Pathway Program agreement, all students interested in a career in Long-Term Care Management can continue online and/or in classroom settings. Andrew graduates who have completed the appropriate degree (Associate of Science in Nursing or Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy) that is required in the LTCM curriculum can take advantage of this opportunity.

“According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid there are currently 14 million people receiving some form of long-term care and that number is expected to double by 2050.  Our partnership with Georgia Southwestern will help contribute to the workforce needs for Southwest Georgia and beyond,” stated Andrew College President Linda R. Buchanan, Ph.D.

“We are excited to partner with Andrew College in educating the caregivers our aging and disabled communities desperately need,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “We hope that in simplifying the transition from institution to institution, more students are encouraged to pursue long-term care as a career.”

“Our nation has a growing number of older adults and individuals with disabilities,” said GSW Associate Dean and Professor Leisa Easom, Ph.D. “The LTCM degree addresses the multi-disciplinary elements in education and training required in the preparation of our healthcare workforce today to meet the needs of these populations.”

Unique to the GSW campus is the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) where the creation of this degree began. In prior years, Easom served as the RCI executive director and experienced firsthand how families across the nation are struggling to connect with community resources that would enable the disabled family member to remain in their home, navigate the health care system, and/or transition from hospital to home as well as residential settings.

Graduates with the LTCM degree will have the managerial, budgetary and communication skills critical to the health management field. The degree prepares graduates to assist patients and families to connect with community resources, transition from hospital to home, and manage the care of residents in an institutional setting.


Photo detail: seated L to R: Dr. Karan Pittman, Andrew College Academic Dean;  Dr. Linda R. Buchanan, Andrew College President; Dr. Neal Weaver, GSW President; Dr. Suzanne R. Smith, GSW Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs; standing L to R:  Kathryn Brown, Director of Respiratory Therapy, Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy; Amanda Knight, Coordinator of Program Development & Accreditation, Professor of English; Dr. Leisa Easom, GSW Associate Dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Sandra Daniel, GSW Dean and Professor of College of Nursing and Health Sciences.


President's from Andrew College and Georgia Southwestern sign articulation agreement


About Andrew College

Established in 1854, Andrew College is related to The United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Situated in the rural southwest Georgia community of Cuthbert, Andrew College offers the Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science and Certificates.

For more information about Andrew College, visit


About Georgia Southwestern State University

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the South.

For more information about Georgia Southwestern State University, visit

Andrew College Signs Partnership Agreement with UWG to Streamline Pathway for Theatre Students Between the Two Institutions
Theatre Articulation Agreement Photo 2022

CUTHBERT, GA (November 29, 2022)-Leaders from the University of West Georgia and Andrew College recently signed a partnership agreement that will provide a streamlined path for theatre students between the two institutions.

“We make distinct contributions to the industries that hire the professionals who graduate from our theatre program – particularly in the growing arts and entertainment industry found in metropolitan Atlanta,” said Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, UWG’s president. “To curate a first-choice institution, we will continue to be an intellectual and economic engine in our state through agreements like this. Our mutually beneficial partnership with Andrew College optimizes resources to offer the students we serve the educational opportunities they need to thrive.”

Through the partnership, students who complete the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree in theatre from Andrew College will benefit from a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre offered in UWG’s College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry, decreasing the amount of time it could take to earn their baccalaureate degree.

“We are very pleased to partner with our friends at UWG and to provide Andrew College theatre students with a seamless process as they move from one institution to another,” said Dr. Linda R. Buchanan, president of Andrew College.

As stated in the signed agreement, the institutions will facilitate the transfer of all viable course credits from the associate degree toward completion of the baccalaureate program, creating a seamless pipeline for students who graduate from Andrew College to attend UWG.

To learn more about the partnering institutions, visit their websites at and


Photo detail: L to R: Dr. Pauline Gagnon, dean of UWG’s College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry; Shelly Elman, professor of theatre and department chair of UWG English, Film, Languages, and Performing Arts; Jon Preston, UWG provost and senior vice president; Dr. Brendan Kelly, UWG president; Dr. Linda R. Buchanan, Andrew College president; Deborah Liss-Green, Andrew College Assistant Professor of theatre; Dr. Karan Pittman, Andrew College academic dean


Andrew College Awarded ‘Vibrant Communities’ Grant from Georgia Council for the Arts
Image from Arts Round the Square 2022 made possible by grant

Cuthbert, GA (November 28, 2022) – Andrew College was awarded a Vibrant Communities grant from Georgia Council for the Arts, a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, for fiscal year 2023. The Vibrant Communities Grant supports a variety of arts programming opportunities throughout the state. As part of this year’s Vibrant Communities awards, 44 entities in 38 counties will receive almost $200,000 in funding. “Rarely has arts funding been more needed than it is today, so Georgia Council for the Arts is particularly grateful for the support that the Georgia General Assembly is providing for our arts communities to help them carry out their mission,” said Georgia Council for the Arts Director Tina Lilly. “We hear firsthand about what this assistance can mean to an organization and a community, and we’re pleased to know that it will touch the lives of so many Georgians.”

Georgia Council for the Arts received applications from schools, libraries, cities, historical societies,

community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, and arts and other related organizations from across the state.

Entities that previously received a fiscal year 2023 Project, Bridge, or Arts Education grant, which were announced in August, were not eligible for Vibrant Communities grants.

Andrew College Coordinator of Development Courtney Heath shared, “we are so grateful to receive this grant.  Funding from the Vibrant Communities grant is what has made the event Arts ‘Round the Square possible since 2018.”

Funding for these grants is provided through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. Arts ‘Round the Square is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in downtown Cuthbert.  For more information about the event, you can visit


Photos detail: Image from the 2022 Arts ‘Round the Square event.

Photo by Heather Bradley, permission is granted to print.

Theatrical performance for children in the works at Andrew College
Image of Andrew College theatre students performing Trickster Tales

Cuthbert, GA (November 3, 2022) – Andrew College Theatre is excited to announce the development of a new work for youth called Trickster Tales. This 40-minute show is appropriate for youth ranging in age from kindergarten through high school seniors but is primarily geared for Grades 2-6. In the performance, seven actors use improvisation, comedy, audience participation, and story theatre to explore the mythical “trickster” characters of the Maori, Native American mythology, West African tales, and Shakespeare.

Public performances will be in the Liddie Murphy Theatre in the Old Main Building at Andrew College on Thursday, November 17, Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 pm,  and Sunday, November 20, at 2:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Professor Deborah Liss-Green plans to pursue grant funding to begin touring Tiger Troupe, with a focus on exploring world literature and bringing theatre to local schools.

A school matinee performance of Trickster Tales is planned for Friday, November 17, tentatively scheduled for 1:00 pm.   Interested schools and home school groups should contact the theatre program to reserve seats. Email: or call (229) 732-5968.


Photos detail: Cast members rehearse a scene from the upcoming production of Trickster Tales at Andrew College.

President Linda R. Buchanan announces plans to retire, search for new president begins
Old Main exterior night image

CUTHBERT, GA (OCTOBER 3, 2022)-Dr. Linda Buchanan, President of Andrew College, has announced her intent to retire at the end of this academic year, June 2023. Board Chair, George Flowers, on behalf of the board of Trustees of Andrew College, said, “We are grateful for Dr. Buchanan’s eight years of dedicated service to the College, the Community, and the Region. Under her leadership, Andrew has made great strides in both programs and facilities laying the groundwork for a bright future. In addition to her great efforts at the College, she has helped rejuvenate downtown Cuthbert through building refurbishment and renovation that have come back to life with college and community programs.”

Andrew College’s Board of Trustees has begun the search for its 30th president and has selected the following to serve on the Presidential Search Committee:

Lois Murphy, Cuthbert Community Representative

Patricia Goodman, Cuthbert Community Representative; Incoming Board Member

Taliah Wesley, Student Body Representative

Jennifer Mitchell, Staff Member

Aaron Feyes, Staff Member

Amanda Knight, Faculty Member

Michelle Collins, Faculty Member

Kay Aderhold, Board Member and Vice Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

Bert Gregory, Board Member

Stuart Gulley, Board Member

Michelle Lee, Board Member

Gilbert Miller, Board Member

Maceo Rogers, Board Member

George Flowers, Board Member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee

“I appreciate each member of this committee who bring experience, wisdom, and most importantly, a love for Andrew College. We are optimistic about Andrew’s future and look forward to finding the right person to lead the College forward,” said Chairman Flowers.

The Executive Committee of the Board has hired Dr. Kina Mallard, president of Leading Higher Ed and retired president of Reinhardt University, to lead the search process. Conversations will be held Monday, October 3 with faculty, staff, and the Cuthbert community to discuss the qualities and qualifications desired in the next President. Members of the community are encouraged to participate from 5:00-6:00 at the Maloof Building downtown.

Candidate interviews will be held between December and March with the announcement of the new president scheduled for the first of April. If you would like to nominate someone for President of Andrew College, please send your nomination to Kina Mallard, Search Consultant, at


Andrew College Theatre (A.C. T.) presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Cuthbert, Ga. –The Andrew College Theatre program is excited to be returning to live on-stage performance with a comedy for the holiday season: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. By adhering to live performance safety protocols, followed by professional theatres across the country, A.C.T. feels confident welcoming back an audience to the beautiful Liddie Murphy Theatre in Old Main for the first time in two years.  Performances are December 9-11 at 7:30 pm, with a 2:00 pm performance on December 12.

In this six-actor version of Dickens’s Christmas classic, the play retells the story from the perspective of Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge’s former business partner.  Marley is dead, of course, condemned to a hellish eternity.  He even has his own private tormentor:  a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work.  Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself by redeeming Scrooge.  What follows is a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is opened, but not before Marley—in this funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.

But wait!  We have an additional twist. Acting out Marley’s tale of redemption is a troupe of young actors gathering on a Caribbean beach to explore the classic story’s message of “One Love, One Heart” in a uniquely island way!

Proof of vaccination (photo will be accepted) or Tiger Pass is required for admission, which is free of charge. Masks are required on the Andrew College campus. Donations of canned food will be collected for the Andrew Serves Program.

For additional information, please contact A.C.T. director, Deborah Liss-Green at 229.732.5968.