The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has appointed William J. McKinney as the next president of Valdosta State University. He will assume the position July 1.
“This was an excellent search and, speaking on behalf of the board, we were delighted to identify such a strong candidate for this important position,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “The response to Dr. McKinney’s candidacy at both Valdosta State and by the regents was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to outstanding leadership by Dr. McKinney.”
McKinney, named two weeks ago by the board as the finalist for the VSU presidency, is currently vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a position he has held since 2008. In this post, McKinney oversees an annual $70 million budget and is responsible for more than 400 full time and almost 400 part-time faculty.
He also has overseen a 33 percent increase in sponsored research grants and contracts during his tenure.
A national search was launched to replace VSU president Patrick Schloss, who stepped down on June 30, 2011. Louis Levy has served as interim president since Schloss stepped down.