University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today that he has appointed Dr. Stas Preczewski, currently vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), to serve as interim president at the Gwinnett institution.
Preczewski’s appointment, effective July 1, 2013, follows GGC President Dr. Daniel Kaufman’s recent appointment as the next president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Preczewski has served in his current position since GGC’s founding in 2005. He was responsible for overseeing GGC’s process for initial regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which was achieved in 2009; and also helped GGC obtain initial Federal Financial Aid approval. He also supervised the hiring of over 500 faculty and academic staff.
“The System is full of exceptional leadership and we are fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Preczewski to lend his talents to this expanded role at Georgia Gwinnett College,” said Huckaby. “His presidential experience and his deep knowledge of Georgia Gwinnett make him the right person to serve in this critical interim capacity.”
Preczewski was interim president of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, from July 2011 through June 2012, prior to the appointment of Dr. Steve Michael Dorman as the institution’s permanent president.
He earned a Ph.D. specializing in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri in 1997. Preczewski has a Master of Arts degree specializing in strategic planning from the United States Naval War College earned in 1998 and a Master of Science degree specializing in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts earned in 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in agricultural engineering and economics in 1980.
Preczewski has received a number of recognitions and awards, including a fellowship from the American Council on Education, 2003-2004, which he spent at Wake Forest University. Preczewski has also presented a number of papers, authored and co-authored studies and held tenure as an associate professor at West Point.