Dr. Brendan Kelly will assume his role as the eighth president of the University of West Georgia on Monday, March 23, 2020. The following message was sent to the UWG campus today from interim president Stuart Rayfield:
Greetings to each of you.
I hope you are faring well during this stressful and challenging time for everyone. As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the long-term impact all of this will have on individuals and institutions, it is imperative we have leadership focused on the long-term implications of each decision that must be made and what the strategy will be to address each challenge.
Currently, Dr. Brendan Kelly, UWG’s incoming president, and I are working hand-in-hand in UWG’s response to the virus. I feel strongly that his permanent leadership is needed at the institution at this time, and he is willing to assume his duties earlier than previously planned.
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Dr. Kelly will assume his role as president of the University of West Georgia. I will continue to serve UWG through this transition in leadership and the response to COVID-19 as Executive Vice President.
It has been an honor to serve this institution as its interim president, and I hope to take some time in the future to thank you all for your willingness to work with me over the past few months. I remain very excited about the future at UWG and know that the students, faculty, and staff who make up this amazing institution will be served well by Dr. Kelly.
I offer each of you my best as we live in these changing times.