VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University President Ronald M. Zaccari will be the featured speaker during the Harley Langdale Jr. Lecture Series at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend and hear Zaccari speak about "Reflections on Leadership" in the event sponsored by the university's Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration. The lecture series will take place in Pound Hall Auditorium, which is located on the university's Rea and Lillian Steele North Campus.

Zaccari became VSU's seventh president Jan. 7, 2002, following five years as president of West Liberty State College in West Virginia.

Since his arrival, Zaccari has worked to establish a strategic plan for the university that provides defined goals for future growth and a housing plan that will provide 550 new beds and the renovation of existing facilities.

He is actively involved in productive partnerships with the city and county, public school systems, medical community, Chamber of Commerce, and many other local and regional organizations to help enhance the educational, cultural, and economic development of this region.

Zaccari is co-chairman of the newly formed Partnership for Metropolitan Development, which serves as the catalyst for creative thinking to promote a strategic vision for the geographic region and builds partnerships to enhance economic development.

Zaccari was named one of "The 40 Most Influential South Georgians" for 2003-2004 by the South Georgia Business Magazine.

He is the recipient of the 2000 Tosney Award for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education presented annually by the American Association of University Administrators. In 1999, he received the Pennsylvania State University Excellence in Education Award for distinguished service, the highest award bestowed upon a Pennsylvania State University College of Education alumnus.

Prior to his first presidential appointment at West Liberty State College, Zaccari was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., an institution of approximately 13,000 students.

Zaccari has held art professorships at Edinboro State College and University of Colorado.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the State University at Slippery Rock, a master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

The Harley Langdale Jr. Lecture Series provides VSU business students and the local community an opportunity to attend lectures on business related topics presented by experts in their related field.

This series is another step in the Langdale College of Business Administration's commitment to provide its students with high quality education by broadening their horizons and introducing them to real life experiences.

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