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    Sethna Announces Retirement to the Community

    August 15, 2012

    Dear Colleagues,

    The birth, development and maturing of a university is not unlike the development of persons. This university was born as an infant junior college in the dark days of the Great Depression, and in its infancy it was led and nurtured by the vision and hard work of its legendary first president, Irvine S. Ingram, whose spirit on campus is felt today, and who is remembered with structures bearing his name. He was followed by ensuing presidents, who led that junior college through its infancy to a four-year college that granted its first degrees to the graduating class of 1958. I was privileged to be the last president of that West Georgia College, to become the first (and, fortunately – because that was not a name we cherished, the only) president of the State University of West Georgia, and to be the first president of this great institution, the University of West Georgia. In short, I have been privileged to be at the helm when the visions of Dr. Ingram and those who followed matured from dream to reality.

    And now the time has come for me to step aside and both permit and assist the next leader as he or she builds on the solid foundation of growth and accomplishment that began with Dr. Ingram. Jointly, we will transfer to the next president, the reins of a vibrant and living university, not an institution grown static by past accomplishments. With the continued support of faculty, staff, alumni and community, this great university will through ensuing decades compound in value to the community, state, nation and world, as our most valuable asset – the enlightened minds of our youth – climbs the ladder of leadership. We will continue to educate students, and do exceptionally well at scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. We are helping to build the America of the future, one individual at a time.

    My intention is to retire from my position of President of the University of West Georgia at the end of FY 2013 (June 30, 2013). I intend to continue at UWG in my capacity as Professor of Business Administration.

    This plan is happening at my request and on my requested time-line. Obviously, such a plan has to have approval of the Chancellor and Board. I approached the Chancellor with this plan some time ago, and I am grateful to him and the Board for supporting my request.

    When I arrived at West Georgia, the prevailing opinion among many community leaders and some colleagues as well was that I would be here for a couple of years and move to a bigger, better and more prestigious place.

    They were correct. I did.

    Together we have created a bigger, better and more prestigious University and have come an amazing distance from the college of 1994. We have become a truly vibrant university, and can jointly take pride in our accomplishments in academics, student life, facilities, and sharing our story. A few months ago, Dr. John Ferling sent me a message saying, inter alia, “UWG has taken on a vibrancy that was never present a few years ago. It was a university in name only in 1996, but now it has become a real university.” I much appreciated his kind words and agreed with him. I thank him and I thank all of you for making this possible.

    For a decision as complex and serious as this, there can never be only one reason. Indeed, there are several, only the top three professional reasons of which are listed below:

    1. For the past few years I have struggled with this question: For the good of the institution, regardless of the strengths or limitations of any individual, how healthy is it for one person to be at the helm for more than 10 years, 15 years, almost two decades? (Two tours of duty as interim Executive Vice Chancellor have helped, of course.) The most difficult years of an institution are said to be as it grows from 8,000 to 12,000 students – the equivalent of teenage years when the institution is changing (from a larger small college to a smaller large university) and there are more questions than answers, making the transition a difficult one. It has been my honor to lead UWG through this stage of its life.
    2. Our goal to be a Carnegie Doctoral Research University: This Summer (2012), I found out two things: (a) From all criteria published by Carnegie, we are there already: 20+ Doctoral Graduates; and (b) They will not look at these data or make new announcements until 2015 or later; they are only now starting conversations about the next cycle. I am honored to have led UWG to this level; personal ego might lead to remaining to accept that belated recognition, but I do not believe that to be in the best interests of the University.
    3. SACS Reaffirmation: At the time of the visit (April, 2014) and as we respond to any concerns that they may have, it is best to have a President in place who they know will be at the helm for a number of years to be able to provide SACS with the assurances they need. Since we will be reviewed as a Level VI University and will spend the rest of our lives as a Level VI University, we may wish to take that into account as well.

    Of course, there are personal reasons as well.

    I have worked at this job approximately 20x7x360, to the detriment of all other parts of my life. The time has come for me to realize that there actually exists a world outside of my UWG world. I particularly need to have my summers free (at least in large part) to do what I can for those less fortunate that we are. I intend to spend a substantial part of the summer working in an orphanage school called Balgram in India. For a few years, I have sponsored individual kids there and have visited them, but now I need to be able go there each Summer, and the plan is to live there in their spartan conditions, and teach them English and Science. Those who know me personally know that this has long been a promise to myself and a plan (the intent was to do this when I turned 60, but I’m way past that marker). Now, I am getting increasingly impatient with myself.

    Next steps for us at UWG:

    1. Nothing changes for the next year. There is only one President at a time, and this is who you have. I am as engaged and passionate as I have always been. Make no mistake; you hear no quacking and see no lameness.
    2. My best estimate is that the Chancellor will start a search for the new President almost immediately. He and the Board are in charge.

    Remember – we Go West to a world of unfettered opportunity. We are blazing trails to new possibilities for scholarly achievement, creative expression and service to humanity.

    Let me end this letter as I have done many, many times in the last 18 years: Thank you for all you do!

    Sincerely,

    Beheruz

    Beheruz N. Sethna, Ph.D., C.C.P.
    Professor of Business Administration and President of the University

     

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    Thank you faculty, staff and students for helping us celebrate Dr. Sethna's retirement!

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    A West Georgia Celebration

    Celebrating the Presidency of Beheruz N. Sethna

    We appreciate our sponsors and everyone who helped make this evening
    a memorable tribute to a worthy man.

    We appreciate our sponsors and everyone who helped make this evening a memorable tribute to a worthy man.

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    Thank you for your support!

    Sapphire Sponsors

    Advantage   Aramark   Richards College of Business

    Congratulations and thanks to the Sethnas for an amazing legacy and for the immeasurable contributions made to the University of West Georgia and our Community.

    www.usadvantage.net/

     

    Your passion for the success of every student comes through in your vision, dedication, and support of all of the programs across campus, including food service. We thank you.

    www.aramark.com

     

    The faculty, staff, and students of the Richards College of Business thank Dr. Sethna for his nineteen years of service as President of the University of West Georgia. Congratulations on your retirement, and we wish you all the best!

    www.westga.edu/business

    RK Redding Construction   College of Social Sciences   Ra-Lin

    R. K. Redding Construction, Inc. congratulates Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna for his important role in the growth and success of UWG. We wish him the best!

    www.rkredding.com

     

    The College of Social Sciences celebrates Dr. Sethna’s generosity in serving humanity and his vision to do public good around the globe.

    www.westga.edu/coss

     

    Congratulations on an incredible 19 years of service to UWG. You are truly a creative and inspirational leader. Best wishes on all your future endeavors.

    www.ra-lin.com

    Tanner   Southwire   SMI

    Tanner honors Dr. Beheruz Sethna for his service to students throughout our state, and looks forward to continuing our close working relationship with UWG and its incoming president, Dr. Kyle Marrero.

    www.tanner.org

     

    We are proud to have worked alongside you, and your staff, over the last 19 years to build a stronger university and community. Your impact on all our lives will be felt and appreciated for years to come.

    www.southwire.com

     

    Dr. Sethna’s legacy is the achievement of his mission to provide the best personal environment, including buildings and degree programs, to achieve academic success for students.

    www.smi-inc.com

    Times Georgian   Went West   Division of Business and Finance

    I am honored to have worked with Beheruz in the community -- his legacy will pay forward for generations.

    www.times-georgian.com

     

    Thank you for your tireless dedication and unwavering enthusiasm for the vision of a destination university that has attracted first-class students, engaged alumni, and drawn generous benefactors.

    www.westga.edu/alumni

     

     

    The Division of Business and Finance salutes Dr. Sethna for his superior leadership and stewardship of the University of West Georgia and its community for nineteen years. Thank you and Godspeed as you begin your next chapter.

    www.westga.edu/bf

    United Community Bank   University Advancement   UWG Real Estate Foundation

    Thank you, Dr. Sethna, for using your gift of leadership to implement the vision of making the University of West Georgia the institution of excellence that we all enjoy today.

    www.ucbi.com

     

     

    Thank you for your vision, commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication to the University of West Georgia. Your leadership has moved this institution to new heights and will be deeply missed. Best wishes to you in your next phase of accomplishments.

    www.westga.edu/vpua

     

    Celebrating a man who has humbly grown UWG from a College to a preeminent University in both size and stature while at the same time doing so much for the growth of our community.

    www.westga.edu

    • Congratulations and thanks to the Sethnas for an amazing legacy and for the immeasurable contributions made to the University of West Georgia and our Community.

      www.usadvantage.net/


       

      Your passion for the success of every student comes through in your vision, dedication, and support of all of the programs across campus, including food service. We thank you.

      www.aramark.com


       

      The faculty, staff, and students of the Richards College of Business thank Dr. Sethna for his nineteen years of service as President of the University of West Georgia. Congratulations on your retirement, and we wish you all the best!

      www.westga.edu/business


    • RK Redding Construction
       
      College of Social Sciences
       
      Ra-Lin

    • R. K. Redding Construction, Inc. congratulates Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna for his important role in the growth and success of UWG. We wish him the best!

      www.rkredding.com


       

      The College of Social Sciences celebrates Dr. Sethna’s generosity in serving humanity and his vision to do public good around the globe.

      www.westga.edu/coss


       

      Congratulations on an incredible 19 years of service to UWG. You are truly a creative and inspirational leader. Best wishes on all your future endeavors.

      www.ra-lin.com


    • Tanner
       
      Southwire
       
      SMI

    • Tanner honors Dr. Beheruz Sethna for his service to students throughout our state, and looks forward to continuing our close working relationship with UWG and its incoming president, Dr. Kyle Marrero.

      www.tanner.org


       

      We are proud to have worked alongside you, and your staff, over the last 19 years to build a stronger university and community. Your impact on all our lives will be felt and appreciated for years to come.

      www.southwire.com


       

      Dr. Sethna’s legacy is the achievement of his mission to provide the best personal environment, including buildings and degree programs, to achieve academic success for students.

      www.smi-inc.com


    • Times Georgian
       
      Went West
       
      Division of Business and Finance

    • I am honored to have worked with Beheruz in the community -- his legacy will pay forward for generations.

      www.times-georgian.com


       

      Thank you for your tireless dedication and unwavering enthusiasm for the vision of a destination university that has attracted first-class students, engaged alumni, and drawn generous benefactors.

      www.westga.edu/alumni

       


       

      The Division of Business and Finance salutes Dr. Sethna for his superior leadership and stewardship of the University of West Georgia and its community for nineteen years. Thank you and Godspeed as you begin your next chapter.

      www.westga.edu/bf


    • United Community Bank
       
      University Advancement
       
      UWG Real Estate Foundation

    • Thank you, Dr. Sethna, for using your gift of leadership to implement the vision of making the University of West Georgia the institution of excellence that we all enjoy today.

      www.ucbi.com

       


       

      Thank you for your vision, commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication to the University of West Georgia. Your leadership has moved this institution to new heights and will be deeply missed. Best wishes to you in your next phase of accomplishments.

      www.westga.edu/vpua


       

      Celebrating a man who has humbly grown UWG from a College to a preeminent University in both size and stature while at the same time doing so much for the growth of our community.

      www.westga.edu


     Ruby Sponsors

    Burton   Carroll County Board of Commissioners   Division of Academic Affairs
    Greenway   CEMC   Chamber of Commerce
    Metro Bank   Moran OilBP   Charter Bank
    Community and Southern Bank   Newnan Utilities   Ra-Lin
    College of Science and Mathematics   UWG Deans   Development and Alumni Relations
        UWG Athletics    
    • Greenway
       
      CEMC
       
      Chamber of Commerce

    • Metro Bank
       
      Moran OilBP
       
      Charter Bank

    • Community and Southern Bank
       
      Newnan Utilities
       
      Ra-Lin

    • College of Science and Mathematics
       
      UWG Deans
       
      Development and Alumni Relations

    •  
       
      UWG Athletics
       
       

    Gold Sponsors

    • Steve Adams, West Georgia Ambulance
    • Bank of North Georgia
    • City of Carrollton
    • J.P. Morgan / The Alison Group
    • Mindpower, Inc.
    • Oak Mountain Academy
    • OFS Fitel
    • Park Street Dental
    • Willis and Glenda Potts
    • Charlie and Deirdre Rouse
    • Rebecca L. Smith ’96 and Erica N. Hart ‘01
    • Tisinger Vance
    • University Communications and Marketing
    • Thomas S. ‘59 ‘61 and Patsy H. Upchurch ‘75

      Thank you Silver Sponsors!

       

    • Video Highlights

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      A Retrospective of the Presidency of Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna: Celebrating 19 Years, 1994 - 2013