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John Black Named Interim President of Macon State College

Atlanta — June 12, 2012

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today that he has appointed John Black, recently retired president of East Georgia State College, to serve as the interim president at Macon State College.

Black’s appointment, effective July 1, 2012, follows Macon State College President Jeffery S. Allbritten’s recent announcement that he was named district president of Edison State College in Florida.

Black has served as president of East Georgia from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. During his presidency, the Board of Regents approved state college status for East Georgia allowing it to offer, for the first time, a baccalaureate degree in biology.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Black’s experience and leadership skills,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “His extensive experience in academics and with the University System will be an asset during the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.”

Prior to his service as president of East Georgia State College, Black served as a special assistant to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Board of Regents from 2003 to 2004.

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, from 1994 to 1999.

Before that, Dr. Black taught at Augusta College (now Augusta State University) in Augusta, Ga., where he was a member of the biology faculty from 1965 to 1994. He 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. Black directed Augusta College’s Evening Program from 1966 to 1968.

Information regarding the search for a permanent presidential appointee at Macon State College will be announced at a future date.

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