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SSU installs new president

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Friday, Savannah State University officially installed their new president. University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby conducted the investiture of Dr. Cheryl Dozier as Savannah State University's 13th president. She is also the first female president of the university.

Dozier served as the interim president for a year and then in May of 2012, the university gave her the job officially. Dr. Peggy Blood says thing are looking better and better for the university.

"It is exciting in the last 10 or 12 years. Things have just started to bloom and change. We have a beautiful campus and we have tremendous programs, master's degrees and bachelor's degrees. It is exciting," said Blood.

During the ceremony on Friday, Dozier delivered her inaugural address, where she outlined her goals and the vision for the university's future.

"The future is taking us to increasing our graduation rate, increasing our retention, graduating more student, more students going to graduate school, adding more graduate programs and certificate programs, and us becoming a global institution," said Dozier.

Since the beginning of her tenure, Dozier has launched a number of programs aimed at increasing student graduation and retention rates, improving customer service and strengthening external relationships. 

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