Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of the University of West Georgia
Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of the University of West Georgia

Since assuming the UWG presidency in 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero has worked consistently 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 strategic plan (2014-2020) and assessment methodology aligned with UWG's four strategic imperatives: student success, academic success, partnership success, and operational success.

Marrero has acted on his commitment to employee engagement through quarterly leadership development institutes, an 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. All of these 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.

Under Marrero's leadership, UWG has seen significant growth, achieving record enrollment, record GPA for new freshmen, record graduation rates, record regional economic impact, and record fundraising. It has developed 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 university was selected as the University System of Georgia's 2015 Institution and President of the Year through the Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards.

As one of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians, for three straight years, Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in Georgia. He helped establish the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a partnership focused on K-16 student success and bringing to the table area superintendents, principals, technical college leadership, business and community leaders, and the Chamber 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 and its fundraising, development, and alumni relations’ activities. His 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. Marrero is married to nationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Jane Redding Marrero. They are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Lily.