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Finalists Named For Valdosta State University Presidency

Atlanta — December 17, 2001

Two finalists for president of Valdosta State University were announced today by University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen R. Portch.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

  • Perry D. Moore, provost of Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio. Moore has served in his current role since July 1996. He joined Wright State in 1974 as assistant professor of political science, was promoted to associate professor in 1979 and in 1985 was named professor of political science and urban affairs in 1985 - a post he still holds. In 1978, Moore was named to his first administrative post at Wright State, as director of the Applied Behavioral Sciences Graduate Program. In 1979, he was named chair of the Department of Political Science. After serving as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1981-82, Moore was named dean of the College in 1982, a post he held until 1998 when he was named provost. Moore holds a B.A. in government and history and a master’s in government, both from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also holds a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. Moore is widely published on the topic of public administration and is active in regional and national professional associations.

  • Ronald M. Zaccari, president of West Liberty State College, in West Liberty, West Virginia. Zaccari served as president of West Liberty from 1996 until he retired in August of this year to work on commissioned sculptures. Prior to that appointment, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La., from 1994-96. Zaccari joined Southeastern Louisiana in 1977 as head of the Visual Arts Department, serving in that post until 1982. He held a wide variety of administrative posts at the university, while simultaneously serving as a professor of art, including serving as dean of the College of Education, assistant vice president for academic affairs, acting provost, and associate provost for academic and student affairs. Zaccari began his career as a faculty member in 1967, as an assistant professor of art at Edinboro State College, in Edinboro, Pa. He also was as an associate professor of art at the University of Colorado, from 1973-77. Zaccari holds a B.S. from the State University at Slippery Rock, in Slippery Rock, Pa, an M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.), and an Ed.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been active with statewide and national professional and higher education associations and is the recipient of numerous federal, state and private sector grants for his work.

Chancellor Portch is expected to make the presidential appointment on December 31, 2001, as authorized by the and state law requiring 14 days public notice of selection of a University System of Georgia president.

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