Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Leaders Needed at 6 Universities; Valdosta State, Georgia Tech Are Both Looking for a New President

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Leaders Needed at 6 Universities; Valdosta State, Georgia Tech Are Both Looking for a New President

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Byline: DORIE TURNER

ATLANTA - Six of Georgia's public universities are searching for new presidents after losing longtime leaders in a combination of retirements and resignations.

While the high number of vacancies isn't unusual, two of them come from high-profile universities: Georgia State University and Georgia Tech, which lost presidents who forged solid connections with lawmakers and donors and raised their schools' national profiles.

"You can't replace that. It takes years to rebuild those relationships," said Paul Fain, an expert on college leaders and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education. "It's not the end of the world, but it's difficult."

Most of the six campuses are scrambling to get new leaders in place before students return in the fall. The state Board of Regents is set to approve new leaders at four campuses - Valdosta State University, Columbus State University, Middle Georgia College in Cochran and Georgia State - sometime this summer.

The board oversees the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

Georgia State President Carl Patton is retiring after 16 years at the helm of the downtown Atlanta campus. The Regents are expected to choose from a list of finalists for his job in the next few months. …

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