The Hart County Archway Partnership has made it official and announced that interim Archway Professional (AP) Rosanna Cruz-Bibb has been hired on a permanent basis.

Rosanna comes to Hart County after serving as the Program Coordinator for the Archway Partnership in Athens for a number of years. She has been serving as the interim AP in Hart County for the last year. She has been with Archway for most of her career, starting with the program while a Masters of Public Administration student in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) program at the University of Georgia.

“As chairman of the Hart County Archway Partnership executive committee, I have worked alongside of Rosanna since she became the Interim Archway Professional in December of 2019. She stepped into the position and was able to carry on the ongoing projects with community partners in a seamless and professional manner,” said Bill Leard, executive chairman of the Hart County Archway Partnership Executive Committee.

“Rosanna has shown over the past year that she is able to work with both the executive committee and our community partners along with University of Georgia resources to further enhance Archway’s role in Hart County. We are pleased she has been chosen to fill the position.”

Rosanna’s masters degree included concentrations in health policy and local government management, both items that are part of the Archway program in Hart County. Her experience in public relations and nonprofit work has also helped her specialize in community-based public relations initiatives in Archway communities for the last eight years.

Rosanna will continue working extensively with Archway Partnership Operations Coordinator Angel Jackson, who has been serving as the Operations Coordinator for Hart County since 2015. Jackson has been involved with the Archway Partnership since 2010. “We are so excited to have Rosanna on board in a permanent basis, and know she will do an outstanding job working in Hart County, just as she has for years in our main office,” said Jackson.

Rosanna studied International Affairs and Public Relations as an undergraduate at UGA, before going into her masters program at SPIA. Rosanna is also currently finishing her PhD in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She is very familiar with the northeast Georgia area, having grown up and gone to high school in Jackson County, attending UGA and working with the Archway Partnership since graduation.

She was selected as Mentor of the Year in 2018 for the Legacy Youth Mentoring organization in Jackson County, from among more than 200 mentors in the organization. She has been honored as Mentor of the Year multiple times from the school in which she serves.

The Archway Partnership is a unit of Public Service and Outreach at UGA. It connects Georgia communities to the full range of higher education resources available at the university to address critical community-identified needs. Hart is one of 13 communities selected for the Archway Partnership since the program began in 2005.