Michelle Elliott has been named director of the University of Georgia Archway Partnership, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach, effective June 1.
“As a longtime Archway Partnership faculty member, Michelle has vast experience with and knowledge of the program and has built strong bonds with Archway communities over the years,” said Jennifer L. Frum, UGA vice president for public service and outreach. “Michelle has proven her leadership skills and demonstrated the ability to match UGA resources with Archway communities to address their critical challenges. I have no doubt we will see the Archway Partnerships continue to grow and strengthen rural Georgia under Michelle’s direction.”
Elliott has served as interim director of the Archway Partnership since Jan. 1, replacing Rob Gordon, who was named director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, also a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit.
From 2017 until 2021, Elliott was an Archway Partnership operations coordinator, guiding community-based Archway professionals in strategic planning, identifying community needs and work plan management.
Prior to that, she served as the Archway Partnership professional for Pulaski County, in middle Georgia. In that role, Elliott served as a liaison between Pulaski County and the University of Georgia, helping connect the community with university resources to address local critical challenges. During her six months as the Pulaski-Archway professional, Elliott supervised and directed undergraduate and graduate students in nearly 100 projects in the middle Georgia region.
Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University; and a Doctor of Public Administration from Valdosta State University.