SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The oldest public historically black university in Georgia has a new president.
Kimberly Ballard-Washington, who has served as the interim president of Savannah State University for nearly two years, is taking over the role permanently, effective immediately.
Last week, the University System of Georgia (USG) announced Ballard-Washington as the sole finalist for the job. The USG Board of Regents made it official on Thursday.
Ballard-Washington took over the role in June 2019 following former President Cheryl Dozier’s retirement.
“Kimberly has already made strong connections on campus and in the Savannah community, and I am confident she will maintain that momentum and advance SSU’s ultimate mission of helping more students attain their college degree,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley stated.
Before joining Savannah State in 2019, Ballard-Washington practiced law for 20 years and advised USG colleges. The Montezuma native says it’s an honor to have the opportunity to continue leading Savannah State.
“I am grateful for the confidence the Board of Regents and Chancellor Wrigley have shown in me and my leadership as we build upon Savannah State’s success and champion our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Savannah community,” Ballard-Washington said.
“It’s humbling and affirming to be given this opportunity,” she added, “and I am eager to continue leading Savannah State into a very bright future.”