Margaret Venable has been named the new president of Dalton State College by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
She is the college's first female president.
Venable has served as interim president since January, and assumed the permanent post on Tuesday based on the recommendation of Chancellor Hank Huckaby, according to a news release.
"Dr. Venable's skills and experience with the University System are a tremendous asset and she has demonstrated a great capacity for leadership," said Huckaby. "Her work as interim president has been impressive and we are excited about the future of Dalton State and our partnership with the Dalton community under Dr. Venable's leadership as president."
Venable formerly served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Gordon State College, leaving there to take over the interim post in Dalton after the retirement of John Schwenn.
Venable has also served as vice president and CEO at the University of North Georgia's Oconee Campus, and worked in a number of roles at Georgia Perimeter College.
She received her bachelor of arts in chemistry from Agnes Scott College, a master of science degree in inorganic chemistry from Georgia Tech, and her doctorate in science education from Georgia State University.