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Aloia Named President of the College of Coastal Georgia

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Atlanta — April 24, 2013

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Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, president of Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, was named today as the fifth president of the College of Coastal Georgia by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Aloia will assume his new post on July 1, 2013, according to Board of Regents Chair “Dink” NeSmith.

“We are delighted that Dr. Gregory Aloia will be taking over leadership at the College of Coastal Georgia,” NeSmith said. “Under the leadership of president Valerie Hepburn, the college has undergone a major transformation in recent years and stands poised to begin a new chapter in its history.”

“The campus search committee worked diligently to identify quality candidates to be considered by the Board of Regents and they are to be commended,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “The Board and I are excited about the leadership skills Dr. Aloia brings to the dynamic and growing institution that the College of Coastal Georgia is today.”

Aloia has served as president of Concord University since 2008. Prior to that, Aloia served as dean of the College of Education and professor of special education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 2001 – 2008.

In more than a decade of service at Illinois State University in Normal, Dr. Aloia was a professor of special education and served as associate vice president for research and dean of Graduate Studies. Before Illinois State, he served as Chair of the Department of Special Education at the State University College in Geneseo, New York from 1984 – 1990.

Aloia has extensive experience in the field of education including professorships at universities including Arkansas State University and the University of Arizona. He also taught at and served as chair of the Department of Special Education at Los Molinos High School (Los Molinos, CA). Additionally, he was an Educational Specialist at the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, United States Office of Education, Washington, D.C. Early in his career he was the director and a teacher at the largest private youth center in California, Boys Town of the Desert in Beaumont.

Aloia holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in special education, his teaching credential from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s in History from St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA).

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