UWG Welcomes Dr. Marrero

Monday, July 1, 2013

The University of West Georgia is excited to celebrate Dr. Kyle Marrero’s first day as our seventh president. Today, he will meet with university and community leaders, lunch with the student government association leadership, tour Greek Village, and host a meet and greet with the press. He will also officially move into his new office. His wife, Dr. Jane Marrero, and daughter, Lily, will join him for many of the festivities. In the coming weeks and months, he has extensive plans for getting to know the people of UWG and the community – and helping them get to know him.

“It is with genuine enthusiasm and gratitude that I join the University of West Georgia team, the Carroll County community, and the vibrant west Georgia region,” he says. “I'm following in the footsteps of an exceptional leader, visionary, and scholar. Dr. Sethna and the outstanding faculty and staff have achieved so much. These are indeed exciting times for UWG!"

Dr. Marrero comes to UWG after a four-year stint as vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. Under his leadership, the advancement office made significant contributions to a recorded 20 percent increase in enrollment, completed the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history by raising $39.2 million toward a $35 million fundraising goal, and increased the Foundation investment portfolio from $45 to $64 million.

His background is in music, and prior to his current position, he served as the chair of the Department of Music and the director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at UWF. Before that, he taught voice, opera and conducting at a number of institutions in Louisiana, Michigan and Ohio. He also served as the artistic director of Opera Southwest (1998-2002) and the Pensacola Opera from 2000-2013. He has produced and directed over 100 operas, has served as an adjudicator for national opera and vocal competitions, and has performed on stage with opera companies and in concert worldwide.

Dr. Marrero holds both bachelor and master of music degrees from Bowling Green State and earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in vocal performance from the University of Michigan. He also has studied German at the Goethe-Institute in Munich, Germany.

He’s clear about his mission for UWG: “I believe in the simple premise that we in higher education are in the business of transforming lives,” he says. “It is our responsibility to prepare students for success – in all facets of life.”

Watch Dr. Marrero's welcome video here.