portrait of George Ellenberg

Dr. George Ellenberg

George Ellenberg serves as the University’s chief academic officer as Provost and Senior Vice President. Dr. Ellenberg joined the Provost’s office 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 & Sciences.  

Dr. Ellenberg spent the 2007-2008 academic year in residence at Georgia College and State University where he worked with executive leadership as a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE), 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 joined the History Department in 1994. He has taught courses on the history of the American South as well as American military history. His areas of research and teaching interests include southern agriculture and culture, 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), describes the adoption of the mule as the preeminent draft animal in the American South and its ultimate displacement by the mechanical tractor. The book also focuses on subsequent cultural and economic shifts in the southern mind and the region’s culture. His book was awarded the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize by the University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board and was reissued in paperback in 2014. In addition to his faculty appointment at UWF, Dr. Ellenberg is a Fleet Professor for the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program teaching Strategy and Warfare for their Joint Professional Military Education graduate program. He is also an alumnus of the Summer Institute in Military History at West Point.

Dr. Ellenberg received a doctorate in history from the University of Kentucky, where he was a Thomas D. Clark Fellow. He received his 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.