SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Cheryl Davenport Dozier, associate provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Georgia, will serve as interim president of Savannah State University, according the University System of Georgia Chief Academic Officer announced Thursday.
The contract for SSU president Earl Yarbrough, who had served since July 2007, was not renewed.
"The university system has a special chart of expectations and it could be that the local president did not meet those," said Executive Director John Finney.
Dozier will begin the post May 9. She has serviced in her current job since 2006. She previously served as assistant vice president of academic affairs at the Gwinnett University Center from 2002 to 2006.
Dozier is a member of several professional and civic organizations, and was recently elected president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education.
She earned a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Hunter College, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and received a Masters in Social Work from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta), School of Social Work and a Bachelors degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Plans on the search for a permanent presidential appointee at Savannah State will be announced at a later date, according to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.