Biography of Dr. Gregory F. Aloia

Dr. Gregory F. Aloia has been named the fifth president of the College of Coastal Georgia by the University System of Georgia, assuming those responsibilities on July 1, 2013. Dr. Aloia comes 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.

His extensive experience in the field of education 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.

March 2014