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Black Named President of East Georgia College

Atlanta — July 9, 2004

Dr. John Bryant Black, a former vice president for academic affairs at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, was named the college’s new president today by the Board of Regents and University System of Georgia Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith.

Black currently serves as special assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Board of Regents. He will assume his new post on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Black has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education, both at the professorial and administrative levels. He is well prepared for this responsibility,” said Meredith.

Black was appointed to his current position in 2003. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs at Dalton State College in Dalton, Ga., from 1999 to 2003, and vice president for academic affairs at East Georgia College, from 1994 to 1999. Before that, he taught at Augusta College (now Augusta State University) in Augusta, Ga., where he was a member of the biology faculty from 1965 to 1994. Black twice served as acting chair of Augusta State’s Department of Biology - initially from February 1974 to June 1976, and again from June to December of 1992. He directed Augusta College’s Evening Program from 1966 to 1968.

Black - who has published numerous papers on his specialty, fertility issues, throughout his 38-year career in higher education - also held several non-academic positions during his years at Augusta College. He served as director of the invitro fertilization laboratories at Macon Assisted Reproductive Technologies, in Macon, Ga. (1993-1997) and at Humana Hospital in Augusta (1985-1987). He also served as director of laboratories for the Southeastern Fertility Center in Charleston, S.C., (1983-1985) and vice president and director of laboratories for the Xytex Corporation in Augusta (1975-1977).

Black, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., holds a B.A. in chemistry from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and a Ph.D. in endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. He is married to the former Dorothy Louise Curran.

To obtain an electronic image of Dr. Black, contact Diane Payne: (404) 657-1295,

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