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Business dean named interim provost

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May 24, 2012

Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, has been named interim provost for Georgia College.

Matthew Liao-TrothMatthew Liao-TrothLiao-Troth will serve in the interim position while the university prepares to conduct a national search to replace resigning Provost Sandra Jordan, who has accepted the position of chancellor at USC Aiken.

“Dr. Liao-Troth’s background in higher education and his dedication to community engagement make him well suited for this important leadership role at Georgia College,” said Interim President Stas Preczewski. ”As Georgia College enters its decennial reaffirmation process, I felt it important that we maintain stability in the Provost’s office while providing an experienced leader to manage all other aspects associated with that fine office.”

The dean is prepared for new challenges while serving as interim provost.

“I look forward to working with faculty, staff and the leadership team across the university as we continue to provide the best educational experience possible for our students," Liao-Troth said. “I am honored to serve in this interim role.”

Liao-Troth started full time in the dean’s position at Georgia College in July 2010. He is the fourth dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, which serves approximately 1,200 undergraduate and more than 300 graduate students.

During his two-year tenure at Georgia College, the undergraduate business programs have climbed in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings 30 positions to tie with prominent private universities such as Elon and Stetson.

The part-time MBA program has been nationally ranked and surpassed other programs in the region; CEO Magazine has twice ranked the Georgia WebMBA® “Tier 1” among the top 26 in the world; and the Georgia WebMBA® at Georgia College has been ranked 43rd in the nation for faculty and 44th in the nation for student services by U.S. News & World Report.

Liao-Troth is an internationally renowned scholar for his work on nonprofit and volunteer management. His book, "Challenges in Volunteer Management," is widely used in graduate public administration and nonprofit management programs.

He was named to The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s top educators list earlier this month and writes a monthly column for The Telegraph.

Liao-Troth was on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Washington University in Bellingham before joining Georgia College. He earned his doctorate from The University of Arizona and participates in the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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