Brooks A. Keel, PhD, was named President of Augusta University on July 8, 2015. Keel earned both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from two of Augusta University’s founding universities: a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Augusta College in 1978 and a doctorate in reproductive endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia in 1982. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Keel spent 20 years as a professor and researcher before moving into administration.
Immediately prior to his arrival at Augusta University, Keel served as the 12th President of Georgia Southern University (2010-’15), where he led a student-centric administration and cemented his reputation as an accessible and engaged leader who genuinely enjoys interacting with students and faculty.
Prior to that, Keel served in the top ranks of academia, research and economic development in successive appointments at Louisiana State University, where he was Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; the University of Kansas–Wichita and Florida State University.
During years as a basic science and clinical researcher, Keel served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on externally funded grants and contracts totaling more than $26 million. He is the author of 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 78 peer-reviewed abstracts and 19 book chapters; and he edited four books in the area of reproductive medicine and biology.
He is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, among others. Keel has served on numerous boards, including the American Board of Bioanalysis, the American Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry, the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and the Executive Committee of the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education of APLU.
Keel is married to First Lady Tammie Schalue, PhD, an accomplished scientist and scholar. Both are certified scuba diving instructors.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Reproductive Medicine and Biology
Higher Education Administration
- Society for the Study of Reproduction : Member
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine : Member
- Society for Gynecologic Investigation : Member
Media Appearances (9)
UPDATE | AU Cyber Institute opening marks step forward for growing the workforce
"The Cyber Institute, publicly unveiled for the first time today, will be open for Augusta University students to use Monday. University President Dr. Brooks Keel says they're putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to cyber security. The $2.5 million wing is just the beginning of a longtime legacy. The upcoming generation of cyber-professionals could be born in Augusta, and bred here at the Cyber Institute..."
Brooks Keel formally becomes Augusta University president
The Augusta Chronicle
Dr. Brooks A. Keel received a prolonged standing ovation Wednesday during his formal investiture as president of Augusta University. Keel is technically the first president of the university, which was renamed last year from Georgia Regents University, which was formed by a merger of Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities in 2012. Dating back to its roots in 1828 as Medical Academy of Georgia, which later became Medical College of Georgia and is still the name of the university’s medical school, Keel reflected on both the heritage and the unique newness of the institution. “We are truly a four-year-old university with a 188-year history,” he said. “How many universities can say that?”...
Mayor Hardie Davis, Dr. Brooks Keel Named To 100 Most Influential Georgians List
News Channel 6
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. and Augusta University president Dr. Brooks Keel made the list. Dr. Keel was named president of Georgia Regents University (GRU) in July. He came to Augusta after serving may years as president of Georgia Southern University. In September, he became president of Augusta University, when the University System of Georgia Board of Regents changed GRU’s name. He also serves as CEO of Georgia Regents Health System...
Helicopter Flyover With Dr. Brooks Keel About Future of Augusta University
News Channel 6
"If you think it’s big when you’re walking around, you should see it from the sky, it’s just tremendous,” University President Dr. Brooks Keel said...
The Way We Were: Brooks Keel at start of his academic career
The Augusta Chronicle
And as this photograph shows, we were there in July 1974 when an incoming freshman named Brooks Keel talked to Augusta College admissions officials about beginning classes at our “Harvard on the Hill.” Well, what do you know? Later this month, now Dr. Brooks Keel, the president of Georgia Southern University, is on track to be named president of Georgia Regents University, the school created when Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University combined. Keel is an alumni of both...
Augusta University President gives state of the university address
“I think we have a strategic plan that will not sit on the shelf and it certainly won’t collect any dust it’s innovative it’s unique it’s exciting“ said Augusta University President, Dr. Brooks Keel. During the Dr. Brooks Keel’s state of the university address he focused on past and present plans for students at Augusta University, starting with enrollment. Dr. Keel says the university has been increasing undergraduate enrollment since 2015. He says each year the university loses about 800 undergraduate students, However this year that number increased to a thousand due COVID. He says that hasn’t stopped AU from gaining students.
AU adds $2.24 billion, 21,000 jobs to Ga. economy, report finds
Augusta University and AU Health System provided a $2.24 billion boost to the state economy in fiscal year 2021, according to a new report from the University System of Georgia. The total enrollment at Augusta University for fall 2021 was more than 9,600. Augusta University’s enrollment has increased more than 15% since fall 2015 and is averaging an annual increase of 2.4 percent, according to AU President Brooks Keel.
Augusta University president on growth of cybersecurity field
Yahoo! News online
Augusta University president Dr. Brooks Keel talks about their cyber programs and the growth in interest that they've seen over past decade.
Augusta University MCG + Pathway Program helping to address physician and nursing shortages in Georgia
Savannah Connect print
During Savannah Rotary’s Weekly meeting on Monday, July 18, Dr. Brook Keel, the president of Augusta University, discussed the physician and nursing shortage in Georgia. Data gathered by the American Medical Association found that Georgia ranks 30th in the nation in terms of the per capita number of practicing physicians, and 42nd in its per capita supply of registered nurses.
Reproductive laboratory regulations, certifications and reporting systemsReproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2010 The assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory must conform to a myriad of rules and regulations, including Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 (FCSRCA), also ...