Exactly one year after his appointment as the University’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and following an extensive national search, Dr. Kevin Demmitt, a 21-year veteran faculty member and administrator at Clayton State University, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The announcement of Demmitt’s appointment was made Apr. 6 to the Clayton State campus by President Dr. Thomas Hynes.
“His exceptional work during his career at Clayton State, and especially his actions over the last academic year, give us confidence that he is best positioned to lead academic affairs forward,” says Hynes, who is also quick to highlight that Demmitt has served the University in a wide variety of capacities over the last 21 years, most recently in the Office of Academic Affairs as Associate Vice President for Extended Programs. Included in those leadership responsibilities has been oversight of Clayton State’s off-campus sites – notably the Peachtree City and Henry County locations – as well as, on-line offerings, the growing dual enrollment program, now one of the largest in the University System of Georgia, and the Office of International Programs.
“His breadth of experiences, together with his strong commitment to academic excellence, and collaborations across programs and divisions, make him an exceptional candidate for this position,” says Hynes. “He has been widely praised for his ability to foster collaboration across colleges and schools. He has put into action a broad outline for reforming the ways in which we advise students — being intrusive, and providing advisors data about students that further increase the chances for student success.”
Hynes also notes that Demmitt has successfully led his colleagues in the development of new academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate, and has, “framed existing academic programs to provide all our students more options for degree completion and academic success.”
“I appreciate the support of President Hynes and the members of the search committee in giving me this opportunity to be a part of the leadership team at Clayton State University. To me, it is all about preparing as many students as possible to achieve their personal and professional goals, and contribute to their communities. Working with so many talented faculty and staff who share this same passion makes it a joy to come to work every day,” says Demmitt.
Hynes also expressed his appreciation to the search committee, headed by Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Elaine Manglitz, saying that, “the committee provided the campus the opportunity to interact with candidates across a wide array of settings.”
“I would like to thank the search committee and the campus community for their engagement with all the candidates. Our colleagues clearly have a commitment and passion for this institution and its future success as evidenced by the campus-wide participation during the entire search process,” says Manglitz.