Provost and Senior Vice President
Dr. George Ellenberg serves as the University’s chief academic officer as Provost and Senior Vice President. Dr. Ellenberg joined the Office of the Provost in 2009 and most recently served as Interim Provost. Prior to his appointment, he served as Vice Provost and previously as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ellenberg spent the 2007-2008 academic year in residence at Georgia College and State University as a fellow of the American Council on Education, the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program. Additional leadership development experience includes the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, which he attended in 2015.
A Professor of History, Dr. Ellenberg began his career at UWF in 1994 in the Department of History. He has taught courses in southern history and American military history. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. His areas of research and teaching interests include agriculture and culture of the American South, especially draft animal use, mechanization, and agrarian thought. Dr. Ellenberg’s book, Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, Machines, and the Transformation of the Cotton South (2007) received the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press, and the monograph was reissued in paperback in 2014. He is an alumnus of the Summer Institute in Military History, United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 2001, Dr. Ellenberg has served as a Fleet Professor for the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program teaching Strategy and Warfare for the NWC’s Joint Professional Military Education graduate program.
Dr. Ellenberg received a doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky, where he was a Thomas D. Clark Fellow. He received a master's degree in history and a bachelor's degree in secondary education (history), both from Clemson University. He is married to Karen Thomson Ellenberg, and they have three sons.