It’s official – Georgia Southern University has a new president.
Dr. Kyle Marrero last week was named as the sole finalist for the job. On Thursday, The Board of Regents announced he would take on the role, effective April 1.
In May of 2018, then-Georgia Southern president Dr. Jamie Hebert announced his decision to resign. Since Dr. Hebert’s departure, Shelley Nickel has served as interim president.
Marrero has served as President of The University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton since 2013. According to the University System of Georgia, a national search for the next UWG president will be launched at a later time.
“Georgia Southern University is an incredible institution and I am honored to be chosen as its 14th president,” said Marrero in a press release. “The future is full of great promise for Georgia Southern and I am looking forward to working alongside the Eagle Nation – the great students, the distinguished faculty and staff and the passionate alumni and communities – as we soar to new heights across the region, the state and beyond.”
Prior to his position at UWG, Marrero served at the University of West Florida as vice president for university advancement. He attended Bowling Green State University for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance as well as the University of Michigan for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Marrero and his wife, Dr. Jane Redding, have been married 23 years. They have an 8-year-old named Lily.