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GSW chief to retire

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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall A. Blanchard will retire at year's end.

Blanchard was appointed as Georgia Southwestern's interim president in January 2007. He served in that capacity until June 13, 2007, after the Board of Regents voted to make him GSW's tenth president.

In 2008, GSW formed the South Georgia College Entry program, which brought more than 100 additional transient students to campus each year. Additionally, Blanchard formed meaningful partnerships with nearly every state two-year college and many state technical colleges, including South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

South Georgia Tech President Sparky Reeves and Blanchard created a campaign in 2008 called “Two Great Choices – One Great Community: Americus, Georgia – College Town” which has raised nearly $100,000 for higher education efforts in the community.

Among the many accomplishments under Blanchard's tenure, two new master's degrees were formed; the School of Business Administration earned AACSB accreditation; and international partnerships expanded to colleges in China, India, and South Korea, with the formation of a Korean branch of GSW's Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.

Approximately $40 million in capital funding was invested in a health and human sciences complex, a 300-bed residence hall, a new wing of the Marshall Student Center, and several building renovations.

Blanchard guided the successful transition of the Athletic Program from NAIA to NCAA Division II. The University also hosted a successful SACS visit in Spring 2014 with anticipation of receiving official word on re-affirmation in December.

Prior to Georgia Southwestern, Blanchard served as president of Fort Lewis College from 1999 to 2002. He served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Tenn., from 1995 to 1999. In all, Blanchard has served in higher education for nearly 45 years, working in higher education administration for 36 years.

Blanchard's wife, Connie G. Blanchard, Ph.D., is retired with more than 35 years in higher education. They have five adult children and three grandchildren.

Information regarding the search for Blanchard's replacement will be announced at a later date.

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