Since assuming the UWG presidency in 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero has consistently worked to honor the past while forging a new West. Under his guidance, the university is building a culture of high performance and data-informed decision-making by focusing on a new strategic plan (2014-2020) and assessment methodology aligned with UWG's new strategic imperatives: Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success, and Operational Success. Marrero has also expressed deep commitment to employee engagement through quarterly leadership development institutes, the annual engagement survey, and the Best of the West Employee Award and Recognition program. In addition, he has established task forces to explore key topics including sustainability and diversity and inclusion on the UWG campus. All efforts are part of the transformative Engage West! family of programs and support UWG's vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America -- sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed.
In his first two years as president, UWG has achieved record enrollment and record fundraising, worked to develop new, student-centered partnerships within the education and business communities, and with the implementation of the Engage West! initiative, won the 2015 national award for Innovation and Excellence, in the category of Leadership Development and Diversity, from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Also under Dr. Marrero's leadership, the institution was honored to be selected as the University System of Georgia 2015 Institution and President of the Year for the Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards. As one of Georgia Trend's 2015 "100 Most Influential Georgians," Dr. Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in the State of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Marrero established the Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a collaborative focused on K-16 student success and bringing to the table area Superintendents, Principals, Technical College Leadership, Business, Community, and Chambers of Commerce.
Prior to his appointment at UWG, Marrero served as Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, overseeing the university’s integrated marketing communications efforts, fundraising, development, and alumni relations’ activities. 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 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 nationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Jane Redding Marrero for 20 years and they are blessed with a beautiful five-year-old daughter, Lily.