Valdosta Daily Times

July 11, 2012

Welcome VSU President McKinney


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new president at Valdosta State University. Dr. William J. McKinney became VSU president on July 1, taking the reins from Dr. Louis Levy who served as interim president for a year until someone could be selected to serve full-time in the role.

In a prior interview, Levy spoke highly of McKinney. “The VSU presidency is one of the best leadership positions in higher education today,” said Levy. “Dr. McKinney will bring national recognition to VSU and this community.”

On Tuesday, numerous area officials welcomed McKinney to South Georgia. The new president is meeting as many people as possible before the students return in the coming weeks.

McKinney most recently served four years as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Additional experiences include serving as dean of the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa., from 2001 to 2008, and chair of the Department of  Philosophy and Religion at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., from 1997 to 2001. He has taught at these three institutions, as well as the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

All roles which the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia felt would serve McKinney and VSU well.

So, if you see the new VSU president at various functions or out and about in town, welcome him to Valdosta. Let’s show him the meaning of Southern hospitality and remember how important VSU is to our community.