Frank Brown, president of Columbus State University for nearly 20 years, will be retiring next year, he announced Monday.
Brown, the third president in the history of the school, has been in office since January 1988 and has worked for Columbus State for almost 27 years.
His last day will be June 30, 2008.
“There’s no place on earth that I would have rather served than here and I’ll continue to do so,” he told faculty and staff at a luncheon on Monday. “My heart is here.”
He said the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents will begin searching for his replacement in January and that he’s ready to help CSU “prepare for the transition.”
“It doesn’t matter what position you have at the school,” said nurse June Battiato, who works for student health services. “Dr. Brown always has time for you. I was surprised at the announcement. He’s an honorable man and it’ll be sad to see him leave.”
Brown is a native of Flomaton, Ala. He has an associate degree in business administration from Northwest Mississippi Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MBA from the University of Alabama and Ph.D. in education administration from Florida State University.
He came to what was then Columbus College in June 1981 and served as vice president for business and finance.
Before coming to Columbus, he had worked at the University of Houston and Livingston University.
Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://www.ledger-enquirer.com
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