Cathy Hakes

Dr. Cathy Hakes

Executive Director for the Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Accreditation and Certification Activities

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Cathy J. Hakes earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Master of Arts degree in education at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She previously worked at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida for 27 years in numerous positions including student affairs, counseling, advising, job placement and cooperative education, and taught as a Physical Education adjunct professor. Hakes joined GGC in 2006 as part of its charter staff and faculty. In her current position as the executive director of Research, Sponsored Programs, Accreditation and Certification Activities, she works with her ORSP team members in supporting faculty and staff researchers and serves as GGC's SACSCOC accreditation liaison. Hakes is also an assistant professor in the School of Science and Technology.


  • Doctorate – higher education, educational leadership – University of South Florida
  • Master's – physical education – University of South Florida