Message from the President

At the University of West Georgia, we are reaching our potential and capitalizing on extraordinary opportunities. We operate in an era filled with optimism, energy and momentum with a stated vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America. We seek to be the best place to work, learn, and succeed. And, we honor the past while forging the new West.

To reach this level, together, we follow a comprehensive  strategic plan that succinctly defines our imperatives, defines our mission, and affirms our core values. We believe this plan is transforming our university and community. It is infused with the Go West spirit and a national award-winning initiative, “ Engage West! ” -- representing a major cultural transformation focusing on evidence-based leadership and a culture of high performance.

At UWG, we work through new initiatives to help our students excel in their progression towards degrees, timely graduation, and attainment of career goals. We recognize the need to responsibly budget these pursuits and ask our faculty and staff to continue to pave the path of opportunity with innovative academic programs that offer an enhanced ability for our students to grow and develop into engaged citizens and effective leaders. We continue to invest in the active recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty members from diverse backgrounds and recognize, support, and compensate those who remain engaged and committed to transforming student lives.

We seek expanded partnerships in academic and economic development and actively pursue robust community engagement. The  Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC) represents the future of K-16 collaborative success approaches ensuring post-secondary readiness.  This partnership and our own academic programs address current and evolving educational and workforce needs and remain relevant and aligned with the needs of the community, the region, the state, and beyond.

To be relevant, we communicate our distinctives, innovate and align our programs with the ever-changing needs of a complex, technologically driven future. Our partnerships create mutually beneficial outcomes and improve all facets of our operation. We practice a culture of institutional effectiveness that ensures our sustainable growth.

We enjoy record student enrollment for the sixth year in a row. We have more than $300 million in new and renovated facilities on a beautiful 645-acre campus. We have achieved Carnegie R3 and SACSCOC level VI accreditation; launched our first-ever comprehensive capital campaign (the New West! - $28M and counting); and have been recognized in a myriad of national settings for academic quality and affordability.

We are acknowledged as an innovative, progressive leader in online curriculum development, including  eCore and, now, the development of eCampus for the University System of Georgia. Institutional awareness and reputation continue to rise as we capture the attention of peers across the nation. We are well on our way to becoming the best comprehensive university in America as we continue to passionately journey West.

Join me in going West. It changes everything.

Dr. Kyle Marrero