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Michael Vollmer to Serve as Interim Senior Vice Chancellor

Atlanta — May 3, 2000

Chancellor Stephen R. Portch has named a seasoned administrator as interim senior vice chancellor of human and external resources with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Michael Vollmer, acting president of Clayton College and State University, will assume the post on June 1, 2000.

Vollmer has held several leadership posts within the University System of Georgia and inside state government. In addition to his current presidential post, a position he has held since June 1999, he also served as interim president of Middle Georgia College, in Cochran, Ga., from August 1998 to March 1999.

Vollmer joined CCSU as an executive-in-residence on July 1, 1997. In that capacity, he headed the campus’ Information Technology Project from July 1997 until March 1998, until assuming the vice president for fiscal affairs position, which he held from March 1998 to August 1998. Prior to joining CCSU, Vollmer served as director of Georgia’s nationally recognized and award-winning HOPE and Pre-K programs, both of which have been recognized by Harvard University’s Innovations in Government program.

Vollmer served as director of HOPE from 1994-96, where he was responsible for the start-up and implementation of the scholarship program, which has been cited as the most far-reaching scholarship program in the nation. From 1996-97, he served as director of the Office of School Readiness, which is responsible for administering the state’s highly popular Pre-K program. There Vollmer created and operated the new state department with an annual budget of approximately $250 million. In addition to managing the largest statewide pre-kindergarten initiative in the nation, Vollmer also managed the licensing of private day care centers and the federally funded Child Nutrition Program.

Vollmer holds a law degree from John Marshall Law School and a B.A. in sociology from Greensboro College. He first joined state government in 1981, and served four years in the state’s Office of Planning and Budget. From 1985 to 1996, he served two governors, Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller, in varied capacities, including criminal justice, juvenile justice, health and education.

“Mike Vollmer has been an outstanding administrator for the state of Georgia and the University System,” said Chancellor Portch. “His expertise and contributions are highly valued. I look forward to his contributions to the Board of Regents.”

Vollmer fills the post being vacated by Dr. Arthur Dunning, who assumes the position of vice president for public service and outreach at The University of Georgia on July 1.

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