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Dr. Paul Jahr earns international campus housing award
Paul Jahr Dr. Paul Jahr, Georgia College associate vice president for student affairs, has received the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International’s (ACUHO-I) highest honor in campus housing.
Jahr became a 2012 ACUHO-I Parthenon Award recipient for his leadership, outstanding service and supreme achievement in the profession.
“The award was a complete surprise,” said Jahr, who has worked at Georgia College for the past 24 years. “I do things because I like to do them, not because I expect anything in return. This award reinforces what I have hoped to embody throughout my service to Georgia College.”
Recipients of the award are considered high achievers and well respected by colleagues.
Former colleagues and ACUHO-I members Dr. Joe Berthiaume, director of housing at Texas Woman’s University, and Dr. Jeff Hale, executive director of university residences at Boise State University, nominated Jahr for the award.
“Dr. Jahr is a mentor, friend and in some cases a director for life,” said Berthiaume. “He epitomizes what it means to become a housing professional. He truly believes in the profession as evidenced by 38 dedicated years to ACUHO-I and to the students and staff of his campus.”
ACUHO-I is an international foundation that supports and promotes the collegiate residential experience. It provides professional connections, innovative products, programs and services and ongoing learning opportunities to members.
Jahr earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in college student personnel from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He earned his doctorate in adult education from University of Georgia.
Jahr began working at Georgia College as director of residence life during 1988. He also served as assistant and senior assistant vice president for student affairs before holding his current position at the university.
Jahr’s dedication to his profession has been a great benefit to Georgia College for years, said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Bruce Harshbarger.
“The Parthenon Award is a lifetime achievement award and very much deserved by Dr. Jahr,” Harshbarger said. “Seventeen years ago when I was preparing for a job interview at Georgia College, I asked colleagues throughout the country what they knew about Georgia College. I heard over again that ‘they must have a strong Student Affairs program because Paul Jahr is there.’ His reputation in the profession has been a tremendous asset.”