On July 1, 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero joined the University of West Georgia as its 7th President. Since then, Dr. Marrero has worked with various teams and committees to learn about the institution’s history, develop and implement a new strategic plan, craft mission, vision, and values statements, create a culture of data-informed decision making, and generate active engagement throughout the university, the community, and the region. He also implemented the institution’s first leadership development program, led the university to record enrollment and record fundraising, and worked to develop new, student-centered partnerships within the education and business communities.
Previously, Dr. Marrero served as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida where he lead a staff of 65 full-time employees overseeing the university’s integrated marketing communications efforts, development and alumni relations’ activities, as well as the downtown historic properties (28 properties representing 8.5 acres of downtown Pensacola) and the WUWF Radio Station. In addition, Dr. Marrero led the UWF Foundation. During his tenure as VP, Marrero increased the endowment investment portfolio from $45 million to $65 million. He successfully led the final stages of the Creating Great Futures capital campaign, which surpassed its goal of $35 million. Dr. Marrero was also supportive of various student life initiatives, including chairing the Football Feasibility Committee and the Student Life Implementation Team, and was part of the team that developed and wrote the UWF 2012-2017 strategic plan. He served as the champion facilitator for UWF’s effort in achieving the Carnegie Community & Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships Classification Award for 2015.
Dr. Marrero’s 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 has been recognized nationally for his leadership of arts organizations. During his 13 years with the Pensacola Opera, Dr. Marrero led the company in tripling its annual operations budget and doubling its patronage. The Opera’s mainstage productions garnered critical acclaim and facilitated granting opportunities with the National Endowment of the Arts and Opera America. He also founded the Artist-in-Residence program at Pensacola Opera, which delivers outreach and educational programs to more than 20,000 children and 10,000 adults in Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
Dr. Marrero 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 Dr. Jane Redding Marrero, nationally acclaimed opera singer, for 19 years and they are blessed with a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Lily.