Julius Scott Named Interim President of Savannah State
University System of Georgia Interim Chief Academic Officer And Executive Vice Chancellor Beheruz N. Sethna announced today that he has appointed Dr. Julius Scott, a distinguished and nationally recognized administrator and academician to serve as the interim president of Savannah State University (SSU).
Scott's appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2007, follows SSU President Carlton E. Brown's recent announcement that he is resigning as of Dec. 31, 2006. Scott will serve as interim president until a national search concludes with the appointment of a permanent president for SSU. Scott has served as interim president of University System of Georgia institutions on three other occasions – Albany State University in 1996 and 2005 and the Medical College of Georgia in 2001.
Prior to serving the University System of Georgia, Scott held the presidency of Wiley College, in Marshall, Texas, from 1996 to 2001. He also held two appointments as president of Paine College in Augusta, first from 1975 to 1982, and later for an unusual second term, from 1988 to 1994.
"We are extremely grateful to have been able to call on Dr. Scott's strong leadership skills again and again over the years," Sethna said. "I am confident that Savannah State University will be in very good hands with his guidance."
Scott holds a Ph.D. from Boston University and additional degrees from Brown University, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Wiley College (with distinction). Named a Distinguished Alumnus of Boston University in 1987, he also holds 14 honorary degrees.
He is a member of Rotary Club International, and was elected a Paul Harris Fellow in 1992. Scott's numerous service roles include having served as secretary of the members of the United Negro College Fund; chair of the secretariat and secretary of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and as a member of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. He also serves as a member of the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs, a member of the board of the Medical College of Georgia Health, Inc., and as a life member of the North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) Board of Trustees.
Plans regarding the national search for a permanent presidential appointee will be forthcoming in the near future.