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Georgia Southern president to step down this summer to 'pursue other opportunities'

Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D. (Source: Georgia Southern University) Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D. (Source: Georgia Southern University)
STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern University President Dr. Jaimie Hebert has announced he will step down from his position this summer to pursue other opportunities.

His resignation will take effect on June 30, 2018. Dr. Hebert has served as GSU president since July 1, 2016. He was the thirteenth president in school history. 

Late last month, it was announced Dr. Hebert was visiting the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a finalist for the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

We've also learned from a newspaper in Louisiana that Dr. Hebert is a provost candidate at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, which is his Alma Mater.

In January, the Board of Regents announced intentions to consolidate Georgia Southern and Armstrong State. They tasked Hebert with combining facilities and blending the two schools. Alumnus Dr. Barbara Christmas-Golden served a decade on university boards and the selection committee that recommended Hebert. She says his time at Southern was no picnic. 

"He came here facing some pretty big challenges, but he's someone who's up for big challenges," Dr. Christmas-Golden. said. "Like I said, I think he's highly qualified. I think stability is a plus at any university or educational institution. He has certainly faced a number of challenges since he came here with the merger."

The University System of Georgia Chancellor, Steve Wrigley, has named Shelley Clark Nickel as GSU’s interim president. Nickel currently serves as USG executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs and treasurer for the Board of Regents.

According to a news release, Nickel’s 17-year career with the USG also includes serving as interim president at Gordon State College in Barnesville, GA.

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