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Class Notes: North Georgia business school names new dean
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Donna Mayo

Donna T. Mayo has been selected to lead the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University.

The position was effective July 1, 2012

“We are delighted to have Dr. Mayo join us,” said Richard Oats, associate vice president of academic affairs and who also has served as the interim dean since January. “Her credentials as a leader and as an academician are well documented. I know she will serve the Mike Cottrell School of Business and the surrounding region well.”

The former dean, Max Burns, took a position as president of Gordon College.

Mayo comes to North Georgia by way of Dalton State College where she was dean and professor of marketing at Dalton’s school of business.

She spent 10 years at Dalton State and has held faculty positions at Middle Tennessee State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

“Dr. Mayo is a dynamic, engaging leader,” said Pat Donat, vice president for academic affairs at North Georgia. “She has the personal qualities and professional experience to guide the school’s consolidation and advancement efforts. We look forward to her arrival this summer.”

The business school recently reaffirmed an accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and received a $1 million gift to establish the BB&T Ethical Business Leadership Center.

New guidelines in place for outdoor practices

Effective July 1, 2012, Hall County athletic teams, both at the middle and high school levels, are using new guidelines for outdoor practices.

The new rules put a cap on practice hours and activity level depending on the heat and humidity.

The Georgia High School Association spent two years researching the guidelines in conjunction with the sports medicine staff at the University of Georgia.

“Previously, GHSA member schools were all required to have a ‘heat policy’ based on best practices, but this is the first time that all member schools will be following the same guidelines, measured by state-approved WBGT devices,” said Gordon Higgins, director of athletics for Hall County Schools.

The guidelines use a Wet Bulb Globe Temperature reading to determine the outdoor conditions.

At certain levels, teams are required to shorten practice or not to hold outdoor work. It also provides regulations for breaks and protective equipment.

For more information on the guidelines, visit

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