You can tell as soon as he begins to speak that Dr. John
Colson does not come to Grossmont College from somewhere
The accent is south Georgia, and from the same place comes
the wisdom that taught Dr. Colson, Grossmont’s new interim
Vice President of Student Services, to listen carefully and
not proffer opinions too quickly.
“I am reminded often of an adage that my mother taught me,”
he said: “We have two ears and one mouth for a reason.”
Dr. Colson’s last position was in fact in his home state, at
Bainbridge College in the city of Bainbridge, where as Vice
President of Student Affairs he oversaw admissions,
financial aid, records, recruiting, student activities,
intramural athletics, testing and counseling, ADA
compliance, and clubs and organizations.
He has a bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religion from Toccoa
Falls College; a Master’s in Religion from the University of
Georgia, and an Ed.D. also from the University of Georgia,
in Higher Education.
You may also find
Dr. Colson’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records,
1983, for, “Fastest time around the perimeter of the United
States on a bicycle.” He traveled a total of 13,000 miles
and completed a round-trip journey from Savannah in 144
days. He also completed a solo bike tour around the
Australian perimeter, beginning in June, 1981, and finishing
in October of that same year. Along the way, he initiated
and organized a public awareness campaign for the Christian
Community Schools of Australia.
“I count it an honor to now be a part of Grossmont College,”
he said, “and hope that I can contribute in some small way
to the strong legacy that has provided the foundation of
this institution. I believe that Grossmont’s continued
success is dependent upon each of our personal successes in
listening and understanding the needs of others – faculty,
staff and students.”
He probably already knows it, but the distance around the
Grossmont Perimeter Road is about one and one-half miles.