MAY 22, 2014 – University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Ron Koger as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU).
Dr. Koger, who is currently SPSU’s vice president for Student and Enrollment Services, will take over the responsibilities from current President Lisa Rossbacher, who will step down this summer to assume the presidency of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
Dr. Koger will become interim president on July 1, 2014, but Dr. Rossbacher has appointed him acting president during the month of June, when she will be traveling and using vacation time. He will remain interim president until the consolidation of SPSU and Kennesaw State University (KSU) is completed in January 2015. Dr. Daniel Papp is president of KSU and will continue as president of the consolidated institution.
“Ron has a long history with Southern Poly and is the right person at this important point in the institution’s history to help provide leadership and guidance to faculty, staff and students,” said Huckaby. “We are glad he has accepted this important leadership role.”
“I have known and respected Ron for 17 years since I started at Southern Poly as interim president," said Dr. Papp. “His experience and expertise will serve SPSU well, and I look forward to working with him as we bring our two universities together.”
“Ron’s experience in higher education and his deep knowledge of Southern Polytechnic’s programs and people will serve the university well,” said Rossbacher. “His strong commitment to building community and supporting students will greatly benefit SPSU in the coming months.”
“I am honored to have been asked to lead Southern Polytechnic,” said Dr. Koger. “I hope to maintain the incredible momentum President Rossbacher has built and preserve the rich heritage exemplified by our alumni.”
Dr. Koger has been in his current position at SPSU since 2000. Prior to this, from 1997-2000 he served as vice president of enrollment management at the university.
During his years at SPSU, Dr. Koger also has taught as an adjunct faculty member, and was interim chief information officer and interim executive director of Advancement.
He came to Southern Polytechnic from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he was assistant vice president for Enrollment Services and also taught.
Dr. Koger has served in both teaching and administrative positions at universities in Indiana, Illinois and Kansas, and also has worked in the health care industry and as a secondary school teacher.
He received a bachelor of science in education degree from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg Kan., and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.