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New Leaders Help Advance Helms College

College continues to recruit high-level education professionals capable of building on the college’s

professional infrastructure

Helms College is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Markowitz has been named Senior Vice President of Helms College. With over thirty years of being an entrepreneur and leader in higher education, Dr. Markowitz, will help advance Helms College while overseeing Admissions, Student Services, and Financial Aid.

Dr. Markowitz most recently served as the first President of Keiser University’s Miami Campus for seventeen years, opening with ten students and expanding to over 1,000 full-time students.   Before joining Keiser University in 1999, Dr. Markowitz opened a home-based business and in eight years grew it to five locations with over ninety employees.  He then sold it to a publicly traded corporation and re-entered the world of higher education which is his true passion. 

“As Helms College continues to grow, we intend to recruit high level education professionals capable of building on the college’s professional infrastructure to deliver exceptional post-secondary experiences for our students,” said James K. Stiff, President of Goodwill of Middle Georgia & the CSRA and Helms College. “Gary has an impressive background of skills and leadership spanning almost three decades[NAV1] [VM2] [VM3]  in higher education, and we’re confident his experience will be valuable as we guide Helms College toward increased enrollment locally and to additional campuses nationwide.”

Dr. Markowitz holds Doctor of Education, Master of Science and Bachelor of Administration[NAV4] , degree, all earned at the University of Miami. Prior to his role as Campus President, Gary was the Director of Continuing Education for all Keiser University’s Florida campuses.  

In addition to Dr. Markowitz, Paul Portugal will join Helms College as the Director of Admissions.

Portugal received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education[NAV5]  from Florida International University and has over 20 years of higher education admissions leadership experience. Prior to joining Helms College, Paul was the Director of Admissions for Keiser University in Miami.

With campuses in Augusta and Macon, Helms College is nationally accredited and provides Associate Degree and Diploma programs in Culinary Arts at its School of Hospitality. Additional educational programs in the School of Health Sciences are currently available at the Augusta Campus.

For more information on Helms College or to arrange an interview with Gary Markowitz, contact Vicki Mills, Director of Marketing and Communications, at , or call 478.363.1478


About Helms College:

      Goodwill launched its distinctive Helms academic initiatives in Macon in 2007 and expanded to Augusta in 2012. Licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), Helms College combines high-demand academic credentials and holistic student support services with experiential learning opportunities at Goodwill-owned business enterprises, including Edgar’s restaurants and full service catering and conference venues in Macon and Augusta.

Goodwill’s 2020 Strategic Plan anticipates expanding Helms College program offerings in Macon and Augusta, adding new satellite campuses in Aiken and Lake Oconee, plus partnering with other autonomous Goodwill organizations in the U.S. to establish additional branches of the only College affiliated with a Goodwill organization.

For more information on academic programs, admissions and financial aid opportunities, visit; call toll free at 1-844-GO HELMS (1-844-464-3567)

 About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA:

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, a non-profit, 501c3 charity, builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.