VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta State University was, as of Tuesday, about to come under new leadership.
Tuesday was Dr. William McKinney's last day as President. Dr. Cecil Stanton was appointed Interim President, but he was not expected to arrive on campus until July 6th.
Dr. McKinney unexpectedly announced in April that he would be resigning as of July 1st after less than three years as President. He had been facing ongoing criticism from some faculty members at the time, though no official reason was ever given for his decision to resign.
"Always, from day one, wanted to put our students first," said Dr. McKinney, as he sat in the lobby of his office and reflected on his time as President. "That's the most bittersweet of all. [My wife and I] will definitely miss these students. They're great people."
As of Tuesday, there was no word on when a new president would be chosen.