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College President’s Report – September 2018


Georgia Piedmont Appoints New President

Dr. Tavarez Holston has been approved by the Technical College System of Georgia to become Georgia Piedmont’s next president. Dr. Holston previously served as VP for academic affairs at Lanier Technical College. He replaced Dr. Jabari Simama as president on September 10th.

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Shaw University President Named to Permanent Position

Interim President of Shaw University, Dr. Paulette Dillard, has been announced as the 18th president of the school. Dillard has served in an interim position since July of 2017. Shaw’s Board Chairmen, Joseph N. Bell said, “We believe her performance to date has demonstrated that she is committed to the transformative education process and more than qualified to lead Shaw University into this next era of excellence.”

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First Female President Announced at Northern Illinois

Dr. Lisa C. Freeman has been named the 13th president of Northern Illinois University. Freeman has been serving as interim president sent July of 2017. Dr. Freeman said, “It is my professional and personal honor to lead NIU forward.”

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New President Announced at DCCC

Dr. Darrin L. Hartness has been selected by the Davidson County Community College board of trustees to become the school’s next president. Hartness previously served as superintendent for Davie County Schools. Dr. Hartness will succeed Dr. Mary E. Rittling. who is retiring in December after serving as president for the past 15 years.

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South Florida President Announces Retirement

Dr. Judy Genshaft has announced her plans to retire from the University of South Florida. Genshaft has served as president of the school since 2000, and plans to officially step-down next July. Dr. Genshaft is the longest serving president in USF’s history and said, “Thank you for your support and friendship.”

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Orange Coast College President Retiring

Dr. Dennis Harkins is retiring from Orange Coast College after serving the school for the past nine years. He is expected to officially leave at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. The school is currently searching for permanent president.

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GGC President to Retire at End of Academic Year

Dr. Stanley Preczewski has announced his retirement from Georgia Gwinnett College. He will leave the school at the end of the academic year this summer. Preczewski has served the school as president since 2014. A national search for a replacement is forthcoming.

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Retirement Announced at CSU San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos President Karen Hayes plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Hayes has served as president since 2004, and has grown enrollment at the school from 7,000 to its current 17,000 students. The school will conduct a nationwide search for Hayes’ replacement in the near future.

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Tennessee System President Retiring

Dr. Joe DiPietro has announced his retirement as president of the University of Tennessee System. DiPietro has served as president of the system since January 2011. He said, “I am very proud of all we have accomplished together, which would not have been possible without the important efforts of our talented students, staff and administrators and the steadfast support of the Board of Trustees.”

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Georgetown College President to Retire

The president of Georgetown College, Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, has announced that he will be retiring as leader of the school. Greene has served Georgetown since 2013 and will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

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Colorado State President Resigning

Tony Frank has announced that he will step down as president from Colorado State next summer. He said, “It’s now time for the next step in our university’s trajectory, and that will require the articulation of a new vision for Colorado State.” Frank has served the school as president for the past decade. He will stay on as chancellor at the school after this summer.

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Texarkana President to Resign

President of Texarkana College, James Russell, has announced that he will step down as president of the school at the end of this year. Russell began as president at the school in 2011.

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