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Regents name finalist to lead Georgia Southern
University of West Georgia President Kyle Marrero picked to be next president at GS
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Dr. Kyle Marrero

The president of the University of West Georgia was named Wednesday as the sole finalist to become the next president of Georgia Southern University.

Board of Regents Chairman Don L. Waters and University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced Dr. Kyle Marrero as the finalist for president of Georgia Southern University.

Marrero has served as president of West Georgia since 2013. The Board of Regents will take action on the finalist for the next president of Georgia Southern University at a future board meeting following the required five business days after the naming of a finalist.

“I am thrilled and honored for the opportunity to become the 14th President of Georgia Southern University,” said Marrero. “I have great admiration for the institution and people of Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville –their communities, faculty, staff, and students—who represent the traditions and distinctiveness of each of the campuses that define Georgia Southern and look forward to working together to build a unified Eagle Nation.”

A search for a new Georgia Southern president became necessary when Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., resigned effective June 30, 2018, after two years as Southern’s president. During that time he helped guide the university through its consolidation with the former Armstrong State University in Savannah.

Shelley C. Nickel, previously the university system’s executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs, is serving as Georgia Southern’s interim president.

In a departure from other recent Georgia Southern presidential searches, the campus committee adopted a confidential final-round procedure, with no public forums to be held introducing the finalists to the university and public. University system staff members recommended this method as a way to get more current university presidents and other executives in potentially sensitive positions to apply.

“During his tenure at West Georgia, Marrero oversaw record enrollment growth, fostered and strengthened ties within the community and implemented strategic initiatives aimed at increasing student and academic success,” Wrigley said. “Kyle’s devotion to student success, innovation and growth are evident and will serve Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff well. I’m grateful for the diligent efforts of the campus search committee and am thrilled to name Dr. Marrero as our finalist.”