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GGC VP to serve as interim GCSU president

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A top administrator at Georgia Gwinnett College has been tapped to serve as interim president of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Stas Preczewski, GGC's vice president for academic and student affairs, will begin the interim role July 1, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis announced Wednesday. GCSU's current president, Dorothy Leland, is leaving for a new job as president of the University of California, Merced.

Preczewski has served in his position at GGC since the college's founding in 2006. He was responsible for overseeing GGC's process for initial regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which was achieved in 2009, and also helped the college obtain initial federal financial aid approval, according to a news release. He also supervised the hiring of more than 500 faculty and academic staff.

The University System will announce plans regarding the search for the new president of Georgia College and State University "in the near future," according to the news release. Under the rules of the Board of Regents, anyone serving in an interim position is not eligible to be considered for the position permanently, so Preczewski will return to GGC when a new GCSU president is selected.

"His appointment as interim president of Georgia College and State University speaks to his leadership ability and to his commitment to student success," GGC President Daniel Kaufman said. "While we at GGC will miss him while he is gone, we are proud that he was selected to serve in this important capacity."

During Preczewski's absence, Lois Richardson, dean of GGC's School of Liberal Arts, will serve as acting vice president for academic and student affairs.