Dr. Jacobs currently serves as the president of the University of North Georgia. A student affairs professional and professor of counseling and higher education, she extends her deep commitment to UNG’s student-focused college experience and its mission to develop and educate leaders through a strong liberal arts program.
Prior to her service as president of UNG, Dr. Jacobs worked extensively with higher education professionals to document and discuss the rising trend in transfer between community colleges and four-year public and private universities, as well as the unique needs of the transfer student. In 2002, she founded the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), which began as an annual conference and has become an organization that bridges knowledge, policies and practice between individuals, two- and four-year institutions, state agencies, higher education associations and foundations and others to explore transfer-related issues. Under her direction, NISTS became a forerunner in the discussion on transfer student success and established a membership organization, the Association for the Study of Transfer Students.
In addition to her work with NISTS, Dr. Jacobs has presented her viewpoint and experience with transfer students at a number of conferences and has been quoted and published in many scholarly sources as a leading individual in the field of transfer. She served as the editor of The College Transfer Student in America: The Forgotten Student, a publication that explores transfer standards, terminology, and trends.
Dr. Jacobs’ vision has allowed countless practitioners, researchers, and administrators to enhance the work they do with, and on behalf of, transfer students. Therefore it is truly fitting that the Transfer Champions Award bears her name.