Columbus State University president retiring after 7 years

According to Columbus State University, John Fuchko III will serve as interim president until a new president is hired.

University System of Georgia acting chancellor Teresa MacCartney said, “President Markwood has made a point throughout his career to focus on students and make sure they had the support they needed on campus and in the classroom to succeed. We appreciate his service to USG and wish him and his family well.”

Markwood was hired in April 2015, and he replaced the retired Tim Mescon to be the fifth president in school’s history (US News). Markwood had previously served as the vice president of academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 

He also spent five years at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, serving as interim chancellor and vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculties.

Markwood commented, “I could not have asked for a better place than Columbus State University and a better opportunity than serving as its fifth president for the past seven years. While I am grateful for every place and situation my 30-plus-year career has found me, I consider my time at Columbus State truly a privilege.”




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