Dr. Stuart Rayfield, Vice Chancellor of Leadership and Institutional Development with the University System of Georgia, will be the guest speaker at the spring commencement ceremony on May 9 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Bainbridge. A total of 62 students are expected to receive diplomas at the 7 p.m. event in the Student Wellness Center. ABAC President David Bridges will open the ceremony.
Rayfield served as the interim president at the former Bainbridge State College prior to its consolidation with ABAC. She was also the interim president of Gordon State College in 2018. Prior to her role as interim president at Bainbridge State, Rayfield served as the Frank D. Brown Distinguished Chair in Servant Leadership as well as an associate professor and director of the Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University.
Rayfield also served as interim associate provost for Undergraduate Education at Columbus State in 2015. In this role, her areas of responsibility included the Academic Center for Excellence, dual enrollment, Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and co-leadership of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation.
A former student affairs consultant at Auburn University, Rayfield also held positions at Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Alabama.
Rayfield earned a doctorate in leadership, policy and organizations from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in higher education administration–student affairs from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes College.