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Ferris VP for Extended and International Operations Named President of Georgia Highlands College

Donald GreenATLANTA – Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations at Ferris State University has been named as the next president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga. by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Green will assume his new post on Sept. 8, according to Board of Regents Chair Philip Wilheit, Sr.

“Georgia Highlands serves an important area of Georgia with multiple campuses and Dr. Green’s experience in Michigan made him the ideal choice for this presidency,” Wilheit said. “We are excited about his coming to Georgia.”

“I am impressed by Dr. Green’s track record in providing leadership across a region and many campuses and his focus on student success, recruitment, diversity and economic development, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckabysaid. “He will be a great asset to Georgia Highlands and the University System.”

Green has served as both vice chancellor and vice president at Ferris, leading a number of administrative units.

In his current position, Green has more than doubled the number of community college-based campus locations, from nine to 19 over the past five years and achieved an annual enrollment growth rate average of more than 8 percent per year over the last four years.

He developed an outreach campaign to the Hispanic community and enrollment of this growing population has increased from 14 to 18 percent for his division.

His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates.

Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., a master’s degree in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, Columbus and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

He serves on the Prima Civitas Foundation Board of Trustees, a group that promotes Michigan as a competitive and innovation state and on the board of the World Literacy Foundation as chairman of the organization’s North America branch. He also serves as a board member of the West Michigan Hispanic Center.