Director Promises "Warm, Friendly" Campus
By Sheron Smith
Mike Hale, executive director of
the new campus, stands in front of the Academic Services Building.
by Danny Gilleland
executive director of the new Warner Robins Campus, Mike Hale’s
top priority is to create the premier college environment in Houston
“Macon State had a reputation for being helpful to students
at our former center in Warner Robins, and we are certainly going
to duplicate that at the new campus,” said Hale, whom Macon
State College President David A. Bell appointed the executive director
this past spring. “It’s going to be a well-run, well-supported
and accepting campus where students feel like they have a real home.
When the word gets out that this is a warm, friendly campus, students
will come. That’s how it works.”
Hale’s intense focus and goal-oriented approach are part
of what led Bell to name him executive director. He joined Macon
State in early 2002 as director of the Institute for Information
Management, the College’s technology outreach arm, and as
chief information officer. He is continuing in those roles while
taking responsibility for the administration and development of
the Warner Robins Campus.
“Mike Hale is an extraordinarily talented manager, and his
military background and experience in state government, business,
technology and higher education make him the perfect chief administrator
for our new Warner Robins Campus,” Bell said. “He is
completely immersed in Houston County and is dedicated to addressing
the needs of our students, Robins Air Force Base and the business
community. I have great confidence in Mike’s ability to help
us build an enterprise here that will serve the national interest
and have a significant impact on the future prosperity of Houston
County and its citizens.”
A retired Army colonel as well as a former chief information officer
for the states of Georgia and Florida, Hale has worked for five
governors and been responsible for statewide plans, policies and
oversight for information systems. His work in the private sector
includes experience with several firms in the development of IT
architecture and web operations.
Hale said he accepted the challenge of the executive director position
because of his interest in leadership and building organizations
from the ground up.
“I enjoy working with teams of people to help organizations
be successful,” he said. “As far as the new campus,
we’re going to help define Macon State’s vision for
Houston County and Robins Air Force Base and become an enormously
valuable asset for this community.”
To that end, Hale has invested himself in Houston County. He is
an active member of the Warner Robins Rotary Club and also holds
ex-officio seats on the board of directors of the Warner Robins
Chamber of Commerce and the Warner Robins Industry Now Group (WRING).
He also advises the chamber on matters related to information technology
and has developed a series of technology and management seminars
for the business community.
Hale received a bachelor of science in engineering from United
States Military Academy; a master of science in physics from the
University of Virginia; and a master of science in business from
Boston University. Since joining Macon State College, he has taught
courses in information technology in addition to his administrative
Early in his military career, Hale served as an infantry officer
in Viet Nam and as an associate professor of physics at West Point,
teaching atomic and nuclear physics. He was special assistant for
management to the Comptroller of the Army, serving as coordinator
for programs focused on productivity improvement, management analysis
and reduction of fraud, waste and abuse. As a battalion commander
in Berlin in the mid-1970s, Hale was charged with combat readiness
and occupation operations within the American sector of the city.
City & State Magazine selected Hale “Most Valuable Public
Official” in the field of information resource management
in 1991. CIO magazine named him one of the top two public sector
CIOs in the country for innovation and linking information systems
to state policy goals.
Hale is married to Rita Garnett Hale, a former legislative aide
to state Rep. Kathy Ashe of Atlanta. The Hales have three grown