Collection # DRT-60.12-003
WA Discipline Board Records,
Main Entry: Office of the Dean of Students
Volume: 53 Files
The last Commandant of Georgia Military Academy was Col. John
R. Burnett, who retired in 1966 as the military program was phased
out. The Commandant’s Office was responsible for cadet rules
and regulations and all discipline. This position carried formidable
responsibilities given the military atmosphere and the number
of boarding cadets. Art Krueger became the first Dean of Students
of Woodward Academy in 1966. He had been an assistant to Col.
Burnett during the 1960s. Dean Krueger retired in 1986 and was
followed by Rusty Slider, a 1975 alumnus, who had previously served
in the Alumni and Development Offices. When Slider moved to the
Director of Admissions position in 1990, Elaine Carroll became
the first female Dean of Students. Dean Carroll was also an alumna
of the Class of 1975, a member of the science department, and
an Assistant Dean of Students. The responsibilities of the Dean
of Students began to change somewhat in the 1980s as the boarding
enrollment dwindled and the overall student population grew significantly.
The boarding program was discontinued in 1993.
The Dean of Students was also responsible for referring severe
discipline cases to the Discipline Board. An official arm of the
Governing Board, the Discipline Board was composed of teachers
who served rotating terms. This group decided if a student should
be dismissed from the school or retained under restrictions. The
Discipline Board heard only cases which the Dean of Students referred
to them as very serious in nature. The Dean of Students was responsible
for investigating, gathering evidence, and summarizing cases.
Records of the Discipline Board were kept by the Dean of Students.
Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection consists of 53
files of paper records concerning the actions of the Upper School
Discipline Board, 1973-1975, 1979-1984, 1987-2000. The materials
cover principally the period 1987-2000 when Elaine Carroll was
the Dean of Students. The materials are mainly typed and handwritten
pages relating to the decisions of the Discipline Board. Materials
also include annual applications submitted by students who wanted
to serve on the Discipline Board. These records offer an interesting
reflection of some of the
fundamental social issues which concerned the school and society,
such as drug and alcohol abuse. As discipline expectations changed
over time and the boarding program was phased out, the number
of discipline cases declined significantly.
of the confidential nature of the collection materials, access
to all papers is restricted.
Governing Board 20.0
Presidents- Dr. Gary Jones 30.4
Student Organizations- Discipline Board 230.7
Faculty Committees- 210.0
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