Margaret Venable is Dalton State College's newest president, its fifth president, its first woman president and the president who will lead it into its Golden Anniversary in 2017.
And on Friday, students, faculty, local elected officials and representatives of the University System of Georgia gathered on the quad as she was officially inaugurated as DSC's president.
"The fate of this community is tied to the success of this college and I take that responsibility very seriously," she said. "Even as we begin to draw more students from outside this region, this community needs Dalton State College to be successful in its goal of educating more Georgians, and the faculty, staff and I are committed to making that happen."
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby named Venable interim president of DSC in November 2014, following the retirement of president John Schwenn. She formally took office on Jan. 1, 2015. The Board of Regents named her president in September 2015.
"I truly believe no one is better suited for this job than Dr. Venable," Huckaby said Friday.
Venable came to DSC from Gordon State College in Barnesville, where she was the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Gordon State College President Max Burns recalled Huckaby ...