Acting president named for Fort Valley State

A current Fort Valley State administrator will serve as acting president for the university starting later this month.

Jessica Bailey, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was announced as the choice to take over presidential duties from Ivelaw Griffith, who recently announced his resignation, on May 16. She will become interim president on July 1 after Griffith’s contract ends on June 30.

The move was announced in a news release on Monday.

“Jessica has an extensive academic background in higher education and is well qualified to provide leadership at Fort Valley State during this time of transition,” said Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, in the release. “With Jessica’s experience as part of the leadership team at Fort Valley, she can step in and ensure a thoughtful transition supporting our students and leading faculty and staff.”

Griffith’s widely-publicized departure was announced in late March. While no reason for his resignation has been given, he will remain in the university system as a special project coordinator.

Bailey, a graduate of Coppin State University and the University of Missouri, has served in various positions at Winston Salem State University and Virginia Union University.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.