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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

August 1, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  A new president has taken the reigns at Valdosta State University.

Dr. Pat Schloss arrived in town a week early from Aberdeen, South Dakota where he was president of Northern State University.

During his tenure there, enrollment increased by seven percent.

Schloss tells us he's excited about his move to Valdosta and is anxious to meet the community.

He says growth at the university and in the community make this a great time to lead VSU.

"Valdosta is bucking the trend. Very few places are managing the growth, diversity of curriculum, diversity of opportunity. When you look at excellence, you saw Title Town in sports. But I bet we could do Title Town in history, Title Town in performing arts, Title Town in a number of ways at Valdosta and that's a thrill," Schloss tells us.

Schloss will succeed Ronald Zaccari who announced his retirement last year.