Savannah State University officially welcomes 14th president


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Friday morning, Savannah State University (SSU) hosted an investiture ceremony for the school’s 14th president.

It was a historic day for Tigers as they officially swore in President Kimberly Ballard-Washington, J.D.

“I’m excited and elated about this day and what it represents,” said Mayor Van Johnson.

President Ballard-Washington’s colleagues spoke to her achievements.

“Kimberly has a passion for Savannah State and for the people who make this campus outstanding,” said Regent Sachin Shailendra.

Ballard-Washington is the only person who has led all three of Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“Quite an accomplishment,” added Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

Now, president Ballard-Washington is happy to call the Hostess City home.

“Savannah State is a special place,” she said.

“I’m very grateful to be the 14th president and it’s an opportunity to once again celebrate Savannah State University,” Ballard-Washington added.

The president highlighted the university’s history today.

“Savannah State as well as our sister HBCU’s play a role in many lives, because Historically Black Colleges and Universities have provided educational opportunities to those who did not always have access to the same and equal opportunities,” said Ballard-Washington.

She also spoke of her hopes for the school’s future.

“There are great things happening at Savannah State University and we will only continue to rise,” said Ballard-Washington.

Watch a recording of the event in the video player above. (Due to technical difficulties a portion of the ceremony was unable to be included in the recording.)

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