On The Move


New job title: President

Employer: The Augusta Chronicle

Work Experience: Retired as commander of Alaskan Command, Alaska NORAD Region, Joint Task Force Alaska and 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Background: Born in Portland, Ore., Atkins, 57, is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft. He served as vice commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Korea, and was special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe during the air war over Serbia.

During his career, he has flown as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 demonstration team and the Air Force Thunderbirds.

Education: Atkins earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Portland and graduated with distinction from the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He earned master’s degrees in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and in national security strategy at the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

Family: He and his wife, Laura, have two children – a son, Geoffrey Atkins, who is stationed in Nebraska with the Air Force, and daughter, Kristen McGuire, a teacher in Spokane, Wash.

Quote: “I am very excited about the … move to Augusta to join the Morris Communications team of professionals. I’ve had the privilege of working and living in the South in the past and fondly remember the Southern hospitality that made every day a joyous and memorable experience.”




New job title: Vice chancellor for information services, chief information officer

Employer: University of South Carolina Aiken

Work experience: He was assistant dean for information technology at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia. He was also previously associate director of student development and university housing for information technology

Education: Master’s degree, public administration, bachelor of science degree in information systems, University of South Carolina



New job title: Vice president of partnerships and strategic affiliations

Employer: Georgia Health Sciences Health System

Work experience: He was formerly vice president of operations for the Oncology Services Division of Hospital Corp. of America

Education: Bachelor’s degree in health care management, Appalachian State University; master’s degree in business administration, University of Georgia



New job title: Vice president, mortgage post closing

Employer: Georgia Bank & Trust

Work experience: She was previously assistant vice president, mortgage post closing



New job title: Vice president, mortgage lending and wholesale

Employer: Georgia Bank & Trust

Work experience: She was previously assistant vice president, mortgage lending and wholesale



New job title: Electronic banking officer

Employer: Georgia Bank & Trust

Work experience: She was previously electronic banking manager



New job title: Principal architect

Employer: Dickinson Architects, P.C.

Work experience: She was previously associate architect



New job title: Senior mental health counselor

Employer: Augusta State Medical Prison

Work experience: She was previously a correctional officer