By Kate Coil
For The Register-Herald
The president of Concord University announced Wednesday he will be leaving the institution for a position at a Georgia college.
Concord University President Dr. Gregory F. Aloia announced he has accepted the position as president of the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga. and will be resigning his position at Concord effective June 30.
“Concord is a wonderful university,” Aloia said. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as president of this great institution with its outstanding faculty, wonderful students and phenomenally dedicated staff. While I will miss the wonderful folks at Concord, I am looking forward to new and exciting opportunities at the College of Coastal Georgia.”
Aloia will complete the academic year at Concord and the Concord University Board of Governors will oversee the selection of his replacement, according to Frank Blackwell, chairman of the Concord University Board of Governors.
“Selection of an interim president is on the agenda for the upcoming board of governors meeting on May 2 and an interim may be selected at that time,” Blackwell said. “The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has a very detailed plan outlined in their legislative rules and the board of governors will be following that process as we move forward. The board will have to discuss what qualities that they would like to see in a future president and will be doing so during the previously mentioned presidential selection process.”
Aloia has been both the president of and a professor at Concord since 2008. During his tenure, Concord was ranked as the top veteran-friendly school in the U.S. and saw an increase in international students on campus.
Before coming to Concord, Aloia served as the dean of the College of Education and a professor of special education at Florida Atlantic University. He has also held past positions at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., the State University College in Geneseo, N.Y., and the University of California at Riverside.
— Kate Coil is a writer for The Bluefield Daily Telegraph