A happy new year! I hope each of you had a blessed Christmas holiday with family and loved ones.
Since I joined the Middle Georgia State community one year ago I have sought to build an Administration that is capable of delivering on the promise and potential of University status. Key to this has been the re-establishment of the position of Provost as second officer of the institution, the re-engineering of the President’s Office staffing and inter-campus presence and the creation of the position of Chief of Staff.
After two years of consolidation as a single institution, it is clear that we stand on the threshold of University status. Yet we do so at a time of tight budgetary factors, uncertain market conditions, and emerging academic programs across the traditional, adult and graduate populations. We serve our students and undertake our professional responsibilities in a complex, unified and diverse institution that is spread across 175 miles of middle Georgia, as well as increasingly online.
As we move toward University designation, it is critical that our fiscal and operational strength matches that of our academic quality and reputation. To achieve this, I am pleased to announce today that I am promoting Nancy P. Stroud to the position of Executive Vice President, with immediate effect, to ensure that we have that fiscal and operational health that will be essential to our success as a University and to complement our academic momentum.
In this promoted capacity Nancy will continue to oversee our financial affairs and our core administrative operations. Now I am asking her to build her division and its work around a model that will exemplify state University norms and practices and be able to sustain our institutional strength now, at the time of tight finances, and in the future when we will be implementing a University strategic plan. Nancy’s great successes in navigating the consolidation, protecting jobs and our financial well-being, and implementing operational support services across five campuses amply qualify her for this elevated role.
Nancy joined Macon State College 1998, after working in the University System of Georgia, and has been respectively Assistant Vice President of Finances and Vice President for Finances at Macon State, and Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Chief Business Officer of Middle Georgia State College. Her experience and knowledge means we can have confidence that Nancy will steer and oversee the financial and operational needs of the College through its next historical transition into a University with strength, diligence, security and innovation. As Executive Vice President she will continue to report to me as President, and the reporting structure of the Cabinet will remain unchanged. In this new position of EVP, Nancy will be the third officer of the College, after President and Provost.
Please join me in congratulating Nancy Stroud on her promotion to Executive Vice President and wishing her much success in her new role.
Christopher Blake, Ph.D.
Middle Georgia State College