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Provost's Biography

George B. Ellenberg, Provost & Senior Vice President

George Ellenberg
George B. Ellenberg, Ph.D., Provost & Senior Vice President

Dr. George Ellenberg serves as the University’s chief academic officer as Provost and Senior Vice President. He joined the Office of the Provost in 2009 and counts among his key achievements the rebuilding of Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness. Prior to his interim appointment, Dr. Ellenberg served as Vice Provost and previously as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Dr. Ellenberg was in residence at Georgia College and State University, Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university. Dr. Ellenberg worked with senior leadership 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.

A Professor of History, Dr. Ellenberg began his UWF career in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He has taught courses in southern history and American military history and 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, the cultural intersection of mechanization and modernization, and agrarian thought. The theme of change within continuity has long been a research interest in the context of southern history, and this theme applies as well to the changing landscape in Higher Education. 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.

Dr. Ellenberg is also 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 Seminar Program teaching Strategy and War for the NWC’s Joint Professional Military Education graduate program. Dr. Ellenberg’s teaching serves as a form of military outreach to the military community in the Florida panhandle. The Strategy and War course consists of thirty-three case studies from the Peloponnesian War to the current war on terror. Seminar discussions on strategy and policy in the context of the historical backdrop of people and events provide insight into a dynamic that applies to other fields as well, especially in the area of leadership.

In addition to the leadership and scholarly experience that Dr. Ellenberg brings to this position, he is well known across campus for his commitment to excellence and his tireless work on behalf of the Division of Academic Affairs. One primary focus of the division is to develop and strengthen programs as well as to support faculty development by fostering an environment focused on the areas of teaching, research, and service. Dr. Ellenberg also understands that part of the strength of an institution is the health of its libraries and has sought to support the UWF Libraries as a central component of academic success.

Dr. Ellenberg received a doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky, where he was a Thomas D. Clark Fellow, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Clemson University. He is married to Karen Thomson Ellenberg, and they have three sons.