External Affairs Division

Chris Markwood Named President of Columbus State University

Atlanta — April 15, 2015

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Dr. Chris Markwood

Dr. Chris Markwood, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas has been named as the next president of Columbus State University by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Markwood will assume his new position on June 1, 2015.

Board of Regents Chair Neil Pruitt highlighted Markwood’s leadership and experience, saying “Dr. Markwood’s credentials, experience and leadership skills position him for a strong start at Columbus State. We welcome Dr. Markwood and look forward to him joining the leadership of the University System.”

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said, “Dr. Markwood brings proven leadership to Columbus State, which will continue the institution’s growth and advancement. We see a bright future for Columbus State. The campus search committee is to be commended for identifying a strong group of candidates.”

“Columbus State University is well positioned to continue its trajectory of excellence and growth. My family and I are thrilled to join such a vibrant campus and community at such an exciting time,” said Markwood.

Markwood has served at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 2011 where he has worked with faculty to develop a 21st century, learning-centered environment while increasing enrollment and student success efforts.

His higher education career also includes serving as the inaugural dean of the College of Arts, Media & Design at the University of Central Oklahoma and as the provost and then interim chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Dr. Markwood holds Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and history from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, a master’s degree in political science and a PhD. in political science both from the University of Missouri.

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