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Grube Named President of Georgia Southern University

Atlanta — March 10, 1999

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Dr. Bruce Grube

Dr. Bruce F. Grube, president of St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, Minn., has been named president of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., by the Board of Regents on the recommendation of University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen R. Portch.

Grube will join Georgia Southern in July as the eleventh president of the University System of Georgia’s fifth-largest institution (13,900 students). He has served as president of St. Cloud State University since 1995, a highly accredited, comprehensive institution, with approximately 14,000 students and 1,300 faculty. It is the second largest university in Minnesota and the largest in the Minnesota State Colleges and University System.

Highlights of Grube’s administration include increasing the academic quality, securing funding for a $34 million library, and moving the university toward its first capital campaign, which will begin publicly in November with 50 percent raised.

“Bruce Grube’s experience and leadership are a perfect match for Georgia Southern. I’m truly excited about his appointment,” said Chancellor Portch. “He is a skilled leader, with a deep appreciation for the role of a regional university within a state system. He is also a people person, with strong interpersonal skills that will serve him well as he develops relationships and partnerships with the many friends of Georgia Southern. We look forward to his success here in Georgia.”

From 1992-1995, Grube served as provost at the University of Southern Colorado, in Pueblo, Colo., with responsibilities as the chief academic officer and the chief operations officer, overseeing academic affairs, business affairs, student affairs and auxiliary services. He also was responsible for administration of the Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences, the University’s PBS affiliate television station, KTSC-TV, and for fundraising and development.

Prior to this position, Grube had moved up through the administrative and academic ranks at California State Polytechnic University, in Pomona, Calif., including serving as provost and academic vice president from 1987-1992, being responsible for all academic and faculty programs, including Cal Poly’s Kellogg-West Center. From 1985-1987, he served as associate vice president of planning, and as associate vice president of administration from 1983-1985. While at Cal Poly, Grube also was responsible for the Legislator-in-Residence Program, which brought senators and assembly officials to the campus for academic/political exchanges. In addition, he served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Teaching and Learning for the California State University System.

Grube began his career as an instructor at the University of Texas, Austin. He also served briefly on the faculty of John Jay College, a unit of the City University of New York.

Grube received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas, focusing on American government and politics, public administration and comparative politics. He earned his A.B., also in political science, from the University of California, in Berkeley, Calif. He has served as a faculty member at all of the institutions where he has been employed, including in his current position at St. Cloud State. His teaching and research interests include American institutions and processes; public administration; political psychology, sociology and ideology; and the critical application of psychoanalytic theory in the study of politics. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and also has published in such academic publications as The Journal of Politics and The American Political Science Review.

Grube is active in several national and international organizations, and also serves on many community and state boards. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Delta, and the Golden Key honor societies. His professional associations include: the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and its Committee on Academic Affairs, the American Association of University Administrators, the American Council on Education and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

In the St. Cloud community, Grube serves on the boards of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Downtown Council, the Boy Scouts of America, and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Grube’s wife, Kathryn, also takes an equally active role in the community. She currently serves on the board of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra at S. Benedict’s, the Girl Scouts, the United Way and several other organizations.

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