Biography of Dr. Gregory F. Aloia
Dr. Gregory F. Aloia has served as the fifth president of the College of Coastal Georgia since July 1, 2013. Dr. Aloia came to Coastal Georgia from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he served as president and professor from 2008-2013. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Education and professor of special education at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (2001-2008). At Illinois State University, Normal, he served in various capacities over more than a decade: professor of special education, associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies.
Since his arrival, the College has seen growth in many areas. The College was recently ranked as one of the best state colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report and one of the most affordable public regional colleges in the country. The college is gaining national recognition for its achievements. The campus has also been ranked 14th among the most beautiful and affordable in the country. In the academic arena multiple new degrees and programs have been added on both campuses to serve traditional and non-traditional students. On the field the young athletic programs have gained amazing momentum earning multiple national and conference championships as well as numerous all American honors. The Military Times also named the College of Coastal Georgia one of the most military friendly campuses in the nation. This inspiring growth has resulted in an increased enrollment rate of approximately 18% in the last three years.
Dr. Aloia’s adept leadership is a result of his extensive experience in the field of education, which includes professorships in special education at the University of Arizona, State University of New York at Geneseo, (JEN-ES-SEE-O), and Arkansas State University. Early in his career, he served as an educational specialist for the federal government in the U.S. Office of Education; as the executive director of a private residential youth center; and as a research assistant, college football and wrestling coach, counselor and teacher at various schools as he completed his credentialing and his doctorate.
Educated in California, Dr. Aloia earned his PhD in special education from the University of California, Riverside, his teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and his BA in history from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
He has won numerous awards for minority mentoring, retention and recruitment, and for his work in special education as well as for teaching. At Arkansas State University he was honored as the “Outstanding Faculty Member” for his teaching, research, and service. He has more than 60 professional publications and a children’s book entitled The Legend of the Golden Straw. His scholarly presentations span almost four decades across seven foreign countries, twenty states and the District of Columbia. In 1986, he was named Honorary Dean of the College of Education, Teagu University, South Korea and was inducted into his college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Aloia and his family reside in Brunswick, Georgia.