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Augusta State University interim president named

Educator will take over for Bloodworth in July

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:30 AM
Last updated Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:31 PM
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A retired educator who led colleges in New York for nearly three decades was named Augusta State University’s interim president Wednesday.

Shirley Strum Kenny was named Augusta State University's interim president on Wednesday.   SPECIAL
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Shirley Strum Kenny was named Augusta State University's interim president on Wednesday.

Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny was selected by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby to lead ASU as Bill Blood­worth steps down to return to the class­room.

Kenny served as the president of Queens College, City University of New York, from 1985-98 and for the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1994-2009. She has also served on the board of directors at Toys R Us and Computer Associates.

Kenny said her vision is to help make ASU’s transition into consolidation with Georgia Health Sciences University as smooth as possible and to guide the committees that have been formed to prepare the merger.

“It seems to be a very interesting time with the consolidation in the future,” Kenny said. “This is a time in which I think leadership is going to be very important … I’m hopeful that my experience can be useful at this time.”

Kenny has published five books on theater and higher education, and has a specialty in 18th-century British literature.

Currently retired from a 50-year career in education, Kenny lives in McLean, Va. She will be moving to Augusta with her husband, Robert, a painter and former university dean and said she looks forward to learning about the community.

“It’s very exciting,” said Kenny, who begins work July 1. “I think it’s going to be a very exciting and important period of time for both of the current institutions.”

Huckaby on Wednesday also appointed an interim president for Gainesville State College, which is also undergoing a merger with North Georgia College and State University.

DR. SHIRLEY STRUM KENNY

EDUCATION: Two undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, a master’s from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago

EXPERIENCE: President Queens College, City University of New York from 1985 to 1998 and president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from 1994 until her retirement in 2009

PUBLIC SERVICE: Served on the executive committee of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of New York, the Seagram Scholarship Board and the Queens Lighthouse of the Blind board of directors

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David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/18/12 - 01:12 pm
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The first and last female

The first and last female President that Augusta State University will have. Good luck to you Ms. Kenny!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/18/12 - 01:16 pm
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Guessing this will be more

Guessing this will be more like a Queen of England deal where she's the president, but doesn't actually have any power over anything til the takeover is complete.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 04/18/12 - 05:56 pm
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Azziz has already staked out

Azziz has already staked out his office at the Summerville Campus of UGA-Augusta. Ms. Kenny's role will be ceremonial. Word on the street is that Bloodworth offered to stay on as interim after his retirement, but that idea was flat out rejected by the Board of Regents. Shows how well thought of he was.

freespeach
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freespeach 04/18/12 - 10:04 pm
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Yep. Put in a patsy on an
Unpublished

Yep. Put in a patsy on an interim basis for a smooth transition. Get someone from out of state who has no ties to ASU or this community because no one who has ASU's best interest at heart would participate in the death of ASU. Call it a consolidation all you want but it's really a takeover by GHSU. ASU will be swallowed up by GHSU and be used in whatever way best suits GHSU. This is nothing more than expansion by GHSU at the expense of killing ASU.

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Craig Spinks 04/19/12 - 01:39 am
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Welcome to ASU, Dr. Kenny.

Welcome to ASU, Dr. Kenny.

iwaspregnantin1993
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iwaspregnantin1993 04/19/12 - 07:30 am
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bdouglas: with a narcissist

bdouglas: with a narcissist like Azziz, Kenny will never have any real power, even after the takeover is complete.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/19/12 - 09:27 am
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@1993: That's exactly what I

@1993: That's exactly what I meant. Ceremonial position until the takeover is complete, at which time she won't have the job.

bentman
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bentman 04/19/12 - 10:43 am
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Making a move just for a few

Making a move just for a few months? I'm wondering if she's already been promised another position after the interim is over.

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Tots 04/19/12 - 11:36 am
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Hopefully she'll be able to

Hopefully she'll be able to pull something magical out of her hat before having to move on to another position at ASU....
She kinda looks like Hillary Clinton..

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Riverman1 04/19/12 - 07:04 pm
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I wish her well, but it's

I wish her well, but it's kind of an unusual choice.

David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/19/12 - 09:43 pm
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It's not really that unusual.

It's not really that unusual. She has experience in a college setting and running a business. She came out of retirement to do this, and I suspect will go back to retirement but that's just a guess on my part. There needs to be a University President to keep our accreditation. Dr. Azziz is not allowed to be president of two universities at one time, and as stated above Dr. Bloodworth was turned down when he offered to stay on until the change over in January 2013. I would have preferred if they kept our current President here, but I have no issues with Dr. Kenny as a replacement. She's an outsider; has no ties to either university, and theoretically is going to be objective in this process.

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