COSA serves as the voice of Valdosta State University classified staff to address their concerns, answer their questions and consider their ideas to improve the university. This year, we as an Executive Committee will strive to represent all VSU staff members to the best of our abilities, focusing on collaborative methods to help push us into another successful academic year.

In the true spirit of collaboration, each member of the COSA Executive Committee would like to give a few words of encouragement for the 2021-2022 academic year:

Ashley Cooper (Chair): As we embark on the 2021-2022 academic year, I want us to collectively focus on three words: leadership, pivot and grace. As professionals, I’ve found it to be a very common practice that we make “leadership” too big of a thing. We make it unattainable, when in actuality leadership is really very simple. My challenge for you this year is this: lead from where you are. Influence from where you can. Above all else, don’t forget that it’s perfectly ok to pivot, refocus, and then give yourself a little bit of grace and understanding along the way. Let’s have a great year!

Hilary Willis (Chair-Elect): I have truly been inspired by watching the Blazer family come together for our students during this pandemic. Although every day has not been easy, we have shown up for our University and we continue to keep looking up. I am proud to be a part of this group of humans.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Terence Sullivan (Secretary): As employees of Valdosta State University, we work together for a common purpose – the education and growth of our students. In pursuing that goal, we are at our best when we work as a team. Through these challenging times, the employees of VSU have shown again and again the strength of our team to overcome adversity and not only survive but thrive and grow.

Jennifer Griffin (Treasurer): Martin Luther King Jr. once stated “ If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” This quote is very fitting in our time of this COVID pandemic. No matter what you do or how you do it, keep moving forward and together our Blazer Nation will prevail with our Staff, Faculty and Students.  Go Blazers!  

Jay Johnson (Parliamentarian): I am proud to be a Blazer! I have always been proud to be a Blazer, ever since my undergrad years here. VSU has been the pinnacle of excellence in South Georgia for many years, and I’m excited to lock arms with each of you and fulfill our mission of being the foundational institution for South Georgia and beyond. Let us know how we can help you, because in doing so, we are helping us all.

Megan Hancock (Publicity): Over the past months, it has been a true joy to see the employees of Valdosta State University come together to make sure our students come first. The teamwork and collaboration that has been conducted throughout the institution has continued to keep our Blazer Pride glowing. Time and time again, Valdosta State University employees have shown up for our students and the institution as a whole, and this can only be done by working as a team. I am excited to continue to ignite the blazer flame all across campus.

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." - Henry Ford

And as always, It’s a great day to be a Blazer!