News Release

Margaret Venable to Remain at Dalton State Another Year

June 10, 2015

Dr. Margaret Venable
Dr. Margaret Venable is Interim President of Dalton State College.

Dr. Margaret Venable has been named interim president of Dalton State for the next fiscal year.

Her original appointment to the position was set to end June 30. But it has been extended until the end of June 2016.

“When I was first asked to serve Dalton State as interim president, I expected it to be for only six months,” Venable said. “I have fallen in love with this college and community in these few months and so I am thrilled to be able to continue to serve this institution and community. I am grateful for the confidence University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has shown in me.”

Venable began as interim on Jan. 1 of this year following former president Dr. John Schwenn’s retirement. She served as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Gordon State College in Barnesville previously, and has worked for 24 years for the University System of Georgia in many other capacities.

“I am delighted Dr. Venable will be continuing as the interim president for the upcoming academic year,” said Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. “There are a number of new initiatives we have discussed related to increasing retention and graduation rate, and now we will be able to move forward due to her continuing presence. After working with her for six months, it is clear to me Dr. Venable has a vision to make Dalton State the best state college in the University System, and I look forward to helping her achieve that goal.”

Venable holds a doctorate in science education from Georgia State. Her masters and undergraduate degrees are in chemistry from Georgia Tech and Agnes Scott College, respectively.

Venable’s experience with the University System of Georgia also includes the University of North Georgia’s Oconee Campus, where she served as vice president and chief executive officer. Before that Venable held a range of roles at Georgia Perimeter College, including: assistant vice president of Early Colleges and Academic Initiatives, interim dean of Sciences and Physical Education, interim dean of Academic Services and department chair of Science and Physical Education.

“I have enjoyed working with Dr. Venable for the past six months,” said Dr. Andy Meyer, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “She has really gotten to know who we are at Dalton State and what our needs are. She has begun meeting those needs. We are all excited that she is going to be with us longer.”

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