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Watts Named Interim President at Floyd College

Atlanta — June 27, 2000

Chancellor Stephen R. Portch announced today that he has appointed Robert E. Watts, executive vice president for financial and administrative affairs with Georgia Perimeter College, in Atlanta, as interim president of Floyd College in Rome, Ga.

Floyd College is a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia, serving the counties of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding and Polk in Georgia, and Cherokee County, Alabama. With campuses in Rome, Cartersville, and Acworth, Floyd College serves approximately 5,000 academic students annually.

Watts will begin his new appointment on August 1. He will serve as interim president at Floyd until a new president is named for the institution at the conclusion of a national search. He will replace Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff, who has served as president of Floyd College since November 1992. On May 18, Cundiff announced that he had accepted the president’s post at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.

Watts first joined Georgia Perimeter (then known as DeKalb College) in 1986, and served for five years as director of Institutional Research and Planning. In 1991, he assumed his current post as executive vice president.

Prior to joining Georgia Perimeter, Watts served from 1982 to 1986 as a budget officer for the Legislative Budget Office of the Georgia General Assembly. Previously, he had served as a Humanities Scholar in Residence for the General Assembly, from 1980 to 1982.

“Rob brings good experience in both higher education and legislative affairs to this new assignment,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen R. Portch, upon announcing his appointment. “He will serve the campus extremely well.”

Watts earned both his Bachelor of Arts (double majoring in Religion and English), and his Master of Arts in Religion, both from Florida State University, in Tallahassee. He also holds a master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C.

Watts is currently enrolled in the joint doctoral program in Public Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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