Dr. Kyle Marrero
Dr. Kyle Marrero started as Georgia Southern University’s 14th president on April 1, 2019. Previously, he was president of the University of West Georgia, where he consistently worked to honor the past while forging a new West Georgia. Under his guidance since 2013, the university built a culture of high performance and data-informed decision-making by focusing on a new strategic plan (2014-2020) and assessment methodology aligned with UWG’s new strategic imperatives: Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success and Operational Success.
At UWG, Dr. Marrero expressed a deep commitment to evidence-based leadership and employee engagement through quarterly leadership development institutes, the annual engagement survey, and the Best of the West Employee Award and Recognition program. In addition, he has established task forces to explore key topics including sustainability and diversity and inclusion on the UWG campus. All efforts are part of the transformative Engage West! family of programs and support UWG’s vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America – sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.
Under Dr. Marrero’s leadership, UWG achieved record enrollment, record four- and five-year graduation rates, record degrees conferred, record fundraising, and record annual economic impact to the region. He worked to develop new, student-centered partnerships within the education and business communities, and with the implementation of the Engage West! initiative, won the 2015 national award for Innovation and Excellence, in the category of Leadership Development and Diversity, from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Also under Dr. Marrero’s leadership, the institution was selected as the University System of Georgia 2015 Institution and President of the Year for the Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards. As one of Georgia Trend’s 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 “100 Most Influential Georgians,” Dr. Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in Georgia.
Now in its fifth year, Dr. Marrero founded the Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a collaborative focused on K-16 student success – enrolled, employed, enlisted – by bringing to the table area superintendents, principals, West Georgia Technical College leadership, Chambers of Commerce, and business and community leaders. It is quickly becoming a model for the state. Most recently, he has been assigned to lead, as chair of the steering committee, the University System of Georgia’s Comprehensive Administrative Review in its efforts to assess administrative support service and support functions for efficiency and effectiveness for all 26 USG institutions over the next two years.
Prior to his appointment at UWG, Dr. Marrero served as vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, overseeing the university’s integrated marketing communications efforts, fundraising, development and alumni relations’ activities. His background in the arts has taken him to 10 foreign countries as an artistic ambassador for the United States Embassies and 40 states as a singer and stage director. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He has been married to nationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Jane Redding for 24 years and they are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Lily.
Dr. Kyle Marrero began his tenure as Georgia Southern University’s 14th president on April 1, 2019. As president, he leads the Eagle Nation, a Carnegie R2 institution, with more than 26,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff on three campuses – Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville, Georgia. In his short tenure, Georgia Southern has established a new culture of high performance and evidence-based leadership, data-informed decision-making, communication transparency, and an unwavering focus on a new Strategic Plan and assessment methodology aligned with five main pillars: student success; teaching and research; inclusive excellence, operational efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability; and community engagement.
Before arriving at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Marrero was president of the University of West Georgia (2013-2019), where the institution achieved record enrollment, graduation rates, degrees conferred, fundraising and annual economic impact. The institution won the 2015 AASCU national award for innovation and excellence, the University System of Georgia selected UWG as Institution and President of the Year, and Marrero has been acknowledged by Georgia Trend as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians,” 2015-2018. Prior to his appointment at West Georgia, he held positions as vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Director of the School of Fine Arts and Chair of the Music Department at UWF, Associate Professor of Voice at Louisiana State University and Artistic Director of Pensacola Opera.
Dr. Marrero holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s and master’s in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University. His background in the arts has taken him to 10 countries as an artistic ambassador for the United States Embassies and 40 states as a singer, stage director, and artistic director. He has been married to nationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Jane Redding for 25 years and they are blessed with a 10 year old daughter, Lily.
Last updated: 6/3/2020