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Honors College

Meet Our Staff

Location and Contact Information
Illges Hall
3rd Floor
Phone: 706-507-8776
Fax: 706-507-8775
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Mailing Address
Columbus State University
Honors College
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645


Dr. Cindy Ticknor

Dr. Cindy Ticknor, Dean

Dr. Cindy Ticknor began serving as the Director in the Fall of 2009, and currently serves as the Dean of the Honors College. She is also a Professor of Mathematics Education in the department of Mathematics and Philosophy and has been a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education. Since arriving at CSU in 2003, she has received over $2.5 million in grants to support STEM initiatives and has served as the Associate Dean of the College of Science. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Columbus State University, and Auburn University.


Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz

Dr. Susan Tomkiewicz, Director of RiverPark Honors

Dr. Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz is the Associate Professor of Oboe at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University since 2009. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laude, the University of New Mexico and the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Tomkiewicz is an active proponent of new music, and she has commissioned and premiered many new solo electronic and chamber works for oboe and English horn by such composers as Brooke Joyce, Bruce Pennycook, Jeremy Baguyos, Matt McCabe, John Lato, and Nancy Galbraith. Dr. Tomkiewicz began her appointment with Honors in Fall 2012.


Ms. Laura Pate, Advisor

Ms. Laura Pate has worked in higher education since 2007 and has been with Columbus State and the Honors College since 2013. Prior to becoming an advisor, she worked as Administrative Coordinator and Program Coordinator for the Honors College. She also has experience in enrollment management in recruiting and counseling entering freshmen, transfer, and international students through the college admissions and financial aid processes. She graduated summa cum laude from Shorter College with a Bachelor of Art in Public Relations and completed the Master of Organizational Leadership degree in the Servant Leadership Track at Columbus State University in 2016.

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Ms. Darci Burdett, Administrative Coordinator

Darci Burdett, a 2014 graduate of the Honors College and a former Student Assistant, joins us after a year of working in journalism as our Administrative Coordinator. Darci has a B.S. in Psychology and completed the Servant Leadership program during her time at Columbus State. Darci is working on completing a Graphic Design certificate through the Continuing Education program and plans to pursue a Masters degree.