New Georgia Southern president speak on challenges the university faces

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STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – This week Georgia Southern University’s 14th president Dr. Kyle Marrero became an official member of the eagles family. 

 Dr. Kyle Marrero said he’s glad to be settling into his duties and is ready to begin focusing on student success. Marrero said he’ll start by working on a strategic plan for the university during his first 90 days. 

Part of this includes focusing on increasing the university’s declining student enrollment through a marketing and branding strategy.  

“One that tells the Georgia Southern story of why you want to come here, and that hooks you in and brings you in and makes you then want to visit our website. It should press us to the website or a visit on campus because then we can engage with you and provide you information, and then ensure that this is the place that you want to come,” Marrero said.

He also noted that once students get here it’s important they feel comfortable. Over the past year, the university has had some incidents where the n-word was used, and some students have spoken out about the need for more diversity.

Since then the school has worked towards improving diversity and inclusion on campus. Marrero said he’ll continue the effort the school has started, by continuing to work with faculty and staff.

“We’ll always work to diversify our faculty and staff, but more importantly it’s how each and every faculty and staff member in our community engages with our students so that they feel welcomed, they feel it’s a safe environment,” Marrero said. 
 
The new president also plans to focus on student safety off campus by implementing a strategy he’s used at past universities, here in Statesboro.

“I’ve brought together university police, city police, and the county sheriff’s department in an organization we called it at University of West Georgia called, “Protect Our Pack…” We met monthly and we talked about what can we do collaboratively to ensure our students are welcomed and safe within the environment,” Marrero said. 

Marrero mentioned he’s already spoken to campus police and said they seem open to participating in regular meetings to discuss student safety off campus. 

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