The administration of the University of West Georgia’s eighth president, Dr. Brendan Kelly, officially began March 23, 2020.

Kelly was named president by the Board of Regents in December 2019. "I fully understand that every decision being made right now has long-term implications as we address the needs of our community related to the current public health situation with COVID-19," Kelly said. "I am ready to jump in a little earlier than originally planned to ensure we are as successful in charting the future of the institution going forward.”