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Associated Colleges of the South
1975 Century Blvd. NE Suite 10
Atlanta, GA 30345-3316

Phone: (404) 636-9533
Fax: (404) 636-9558


Picture of Dr. Owen WilliamsR. Owen Williams, President
Phone: (404) 636-9533

An eloquent champion for the liberal arts, Dr. Williams brings a unique blend of experience, having served as president of Transylvania University since 2010, following a 24-year career as a Wall Street investment banker and a 10-year period of scholarly preparation as a historian at Yale University, Harvard Law School, and New York University School of Law.

Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Dartmouth College, and then studied at the University of Cambridge in England, earning a Master of Arts in Intellectual History, setting his sights initially on an academic career. Instead, he began his Wall Street career at Salomon Brothers and spent more than two decades in increasingly responsible positions that took him to assignments from New York to Tokyo. In 1999, Dr. Williams left the business world behind and returned to his first love, the academy. He prepared himself for a new career in academic administration by studying history and law at Yale University, where he earned a doctorate in American History and a Master of Studies in Law.

Dr. Williams was awarded the Raoul Berger Fellowship at Harvard Law School, the Samuel Golieb Fellowship at the New York University School of Law, the Fletcher Jones Fellowship at the Huntington Library, the Legal History Fellowship at Yale Law School, and the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship in history at Yale. He has published in several magazines, journals and encyclopedias. He edited The Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition (Greenwood Press) and was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities.


Amanda Hagood Amanda Hagood, Director of Blended Learning
Phone: (404) 922-2216

Amanda Hagood is the director of blended learning for the Associated Colleges of the South. She was formerly an ACS post-doctoral fellow in literature and the environment at Hendrix College where she used place-based pedagogy and blended learning to teach classes such as The Walden Experiment: Thoreau, and American Environmental Writing and Literary Landscapes: Writing the Natural State. Her work has been published in Shenandoah, Women’s Studies and Environmental Humanities. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University with a background in interdisciplinary study of literature and the environment. She received her B.A. with High Honors in English/Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Amanda also was a recipient of ACS blended learning and faculty advancement grants through which she learned firsthand about the range of applications for blended learning across the liberal arts.


photo of Dara HawkinsDara Hawkins, Office Manager
Phone: (404) 636-9533 ext. 10

Dara Hawkins is the Office Manager for the Associated Colleges of the South, where she assists the ACS president and staff in administering grants, preparing reports for the deans and presidents and assisting numerous faculty and staff at member institutions. Dara began working at ACS as a temporary employee in March, 1996. Prior to working at ACS, Dara worked in the corporate real estate and hospitality industries and academic environments.




Picture of Daniel KirschenbaumDan Kirschenbaum, Director of Research and Development
Phone: (404) 636-9533 ext 19

Dan Kirschenbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist (; he was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he remains Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. He is also a fellow and former executive board member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the US Olympic Committee’s Registry of Sport Psychologists. Dr. Kirschenbaum co-founded and worked for Wellspring (for ten years), the leading provider of treatment services for overweight young people in North America. Dr. Kirschenbaum has also provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and consulted with various sport organizations (e.g., NBA; LPGA; US Olympic Committee; Chicago Bears) and corporations (WebMD, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Unilever, Novartis Nutrition, CVS). Dr. Kirschenbaum has published 12 books and more than 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics.  Dan's wife, Sue Payne, is a professor at Emory Law School and Dan’s two sons graduated from Northwestern University (a filmmaker and business analyst now living in Chicago); his daughter Rosie is a sophomore at the University of Miami.


Cindy Reese, Director of Financial Operations
Phone: (404) 636-9533 ext. 17

Cindy Reese joined ACS in 1998 and oversees all the financial aspects of the consortium’s activities, including planning, budgeting, reporting and meeting with the accountants.  A former CEO, she plays an important  role in managing and evaluating programs and developing new consortial initiatives.

Picture of Christiane WilliamsChristiane Williams, Business Analyst
Phone: (404) 636-9533 ext. 12

Christiane manages the preparation and completion of various technology-related projects and other special projects. She has primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of the ACS website, the ACS central office LAN and workstations. She also maintains the database, the e-mail lists and handles logistics for meetings and conferences held in Atlanta.





Picture of Dr. Wayne AndersonWayne Anderson, President Emeritus

Dr. Anderson is the founding president of ACS and a former president of Maryville College and Illinois Wesleyan University. He also held positions at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Johns Hopkins University, the Association of Governing Boards and the Alabama Independent Colleges. He taught courses in political science throughout his career.




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