From the office of Georgia State University President Mark Becker:
I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Mary Beth Walker, associate provost for strategic initiatives and innovation, has been named interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College by the University System of Georgia. She will join Georgia Gwinnett on Jan. 12.
She takes over for Dr. Stanley Preczewski, who has resigned to take a position leading Riverside Military Academy. A national search is underway for Dr. Preczewski’s successor. (For more information about this search, visit http://www.ggc.edu/about-ggc/office-of-the-president/presidential-search/index.html.)
Dr. Walker has led numerous strategic initiatives for the Provost’s Office, including the Commission for Next Generation of Faculty, and she has assisted with the expansion of Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, part of the university’s efforts to encourage student entrepreneurship across student majors.
Dr. Walker’s duties will continue to be carried out in the Provost’s Office.
Dr. Walker previously served as dean of the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. A professor of economics, Walker’s scholarship includes applied econometrics and statistics, spanning education economics, public finance and health economics. Her recent research focuses on the evaluation of education policy. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics from Rice University in Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.