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Mary Ellen Wilson Named Interim President of Middle Georgia College

Atlanta — November 27, 2007

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Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson

University System of Georgia Chief Operating Officer Rob Watts announced today that he has appointed Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson, currently vice president for academic affairs at Middle Georgia College (MGC) in Cochran, to serve as the college’s interim president.

Wilson’s appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2008, follows MGC President Richard J. Federinko’s recent announcement that he is resigning as of Dec. 31, 2007. Wilson will serve as interim president until a national search concludes with the appointment of a permanent president for MGC.

Wilson, who obtained an undergraduate degree at Middle Georgia College, has been vice president for academic affairs at the college since 2000 and, in this capacity, she played a key role in MGC’s recent merger with the Georgia Aviation and Technical College. Wilson has been a history professor at MGC since 1983. She also previously taught at Tift College in Forsyth, Ga., Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and at Chester Elementary School in Chester, Ga.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Wilson’s strong leadership skills at this time,” Watts said. “I am confident that Middle Georgia College will be in very good hands under her guidance.”

Wilson holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both in history, from Florida State University, earned in 1983 and 1975 respectively. Her undergraduate history degrees include a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in 1974 and an associate degree from MGC in 1972.

Wilson currently chairs the Regents Administrative Committee on Academic Affairs, which advises the regents on academic policy and works on academic-affairs projects. She has been active in the Georgia Association of Historians and served as its secretary from 1998 to 2003. She also has provided past leadership to the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors, serving as its president from 1995 to 1999. Wilson also is actively involved in Altamaha Riverkeeper, having been a board member of this environmental organization since 2000 and president since 2003.

Plans regarding the search for a permanent presidential appointee at Middle Georgia College will be forthcoming in the near future.

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