Bleicken, a resident of Savannah since 1990, becomes the seventh AASU president and the first woman to lead the institution since the establishment of Armstrong Junior College in 1935.
Linda Bleicken is First Female to Lead AASUFollowing a national search for a new AASU leader, Linda M. Bleicken was chosen as the new president of the university effective July 1, 2009. However, Bleicken (rhymes with liken) did not have to move across country to begin her new job. For years, she had been a stone's throw away from the campus, serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at neighboring Georgia Southern University. A resident of Savannah since 1990, she becomes the seventh AASU president and the first woman to lead the institution since the establishment of Armstrong Junior College in 1935.
"I'm absolutely delighted and honored to be the next president of Armstrong Atlantic State University," she said.
Following the announcement in May about her appointment, Bleicken went on local television for a brief interview. The clip is here: http://archive.armstrong.edu/Departments/president_news/president_news_and_events1
She succeeds Thomas Z. Jones who served as president from 2000 to 2009. As Jones, she is focused on continuing AASU's dedication to student success and advancing regional development.
"During my nearly nineteen years as a citizen of coastal Georgia, I have come to love this place and to understand the importance of its people and environment. AASU's commitments to student success and to the development of our region, led so competently by President Tom Jones, are closely aligned with commitments that have guided my career for years."
Bleicken received Ph.D., and M.S. degrees in management and a B.A. in marketing, all from Georgia State University.