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September 2012 Issue

UWG President Announces Retirement
President Beheruz Sethna

UWG President Announces Retirement

University of West Georgia President Beheruz N. Sethna announced his retirement effective June 30, 2013, which will bring to an end a dynamic tenure of 19 years.

UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna announces his retirement.Sethna was the catalyst for many of the changes that elevated the school from a modest liberal arts college of 7,947 students in 1993-94 to an institution with full university status whose full-time equivalent enrollment has grown by 50 percent since his arrival. It has also conferred more than 20 doctoral degrees in the past year, including its first Ph.D.

“When I arrived at West Georgia, the prevailing opinion was that I would be here for a couple of years and move to a bigger, better, more prestigious place,” said Sethna. “They were correct; I did. Together with the faculty and staff, we created a bigger, better and more prestigious university.”

Sethna’s service to higher education in Georgia also includes teaching undergraduate courses as professor of business administration at Richards College of Business and holding the interim offices of Senior Vice Chancellor from 1999 to 2000 and Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer from 2006 to 2007 at the Board of Regents.

“Dr. Sethna has elevated the reach, brand and esteem of UWG throughout Georgia, the Southeast and nationally, said University System of Georgia (USG) Regent Ken Bernard. “Dr. Sethna was and is passionate about teaching, and this carried over in all his efforts, both at USG and throughout his tenure at UWG. In fact, he made it a priority that all administrators taught as part of their jobs. He will be missed, but his presence as a faculty member will be immensely valuable to UWG.”

Sethna said the decision to retire was complex. “It has been my honor to lead UWG through this stage of its life. But I believe it is time to pass the torch of leadership.”

Sethna is currently the longest-serving president among four-year institutions/universities in Georgia.

Read more at: http://www.westga.edu/ucmassets/news/3252.php.

Posted by Sonja Roberts on September 17, 2012
Published in: On Campus, Presidents

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