DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - South Georgia State College President Dr. Virginia Carson has announced that she will retire effective June 30, 2016.
"I am proud of the opportunities created for current and future South Georgia State College students during my time and have them in my heart. It has been a signal honor to be a part of the traditions of this important institution and to strengthen it for the future," said Dr. Carson.
Carson was appointed interim president of the former South Georgia College in March 2008 and named permanent president in April 2009. She became president of South Georgia State College with the consolidation of South Georgia College and Waycross College in January 2013.
"President Carson has been an instrumental leader for South Georgia State College," said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "Her steady leadership through such tremendous change has been critical to the successful consolidation and shaping of South Georgia State College. On behalf of the Board of Regents and all of us in the University System, I thank President Carson for her service and wish her and her family the very best in the new chapter ahead."
Carson successfully led the consolidation of South Georgia College and Waycross College into South Georgia State College and has seen it through a long-term strategy to foster student achievement.