Stone Named Acting VPAA

Friday, April 3, 2009

The acting vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia will be Dr. Sandra Stone, currently the interim director of the Applied Research Center at Southern Polytechnic State University.

The acting vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of West Georgia will be Dr. Sandra Stone, currently the interim director of the Applied Research Center at Southern Polytechnic State University.Stone will serve in this capacity beginning July 1 when she replaces Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, UWG vice president for academic affairs, after he assumes the position of acting president of Clayton State University.

This is not an unfamiliar appointment for Stone who served in this same capacity at UWG prior to becoming the Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Programs at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She then became Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives before moving to Southern Poly.

Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president, is delighted to welcome Stone back to the university.

“Dr. Stone brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to the position, including first-hand knowledge of the University of West Georgia and the University System of Georgia,” he said.

Stone began teaching at UWG in 1996 as assistant professor in the Department of Sociology/Criminology, was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and professor in 2005. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Stone also served as associate vice president for Academic Affairs from 2002-2006.

“I am delighted and honored to have been invited back to UWG to serve as the acting VPAA during Dr. Hynes’ absence,” Stone said. “From a review of the new strategic plan, it looks to be an exciting and busy year ahead, and I am pleased to be a part of this effort. Despite the current budget challenges, with everyone working together, we can accomplish much to be proud of.”

Stone will return to the UWG campus in mid-April to begin a transition period.