On Friday, May 13, SSU Interim President Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier held a press conference to discuss her first week on the job, and outline her plans and objectives for the institution. “I have met with administrators, faculty/staff, students, alumni and other constituents, and been briefed on the status of various projects including construction, and academic programs,” she told those assembled.
She also informed those in attendance that Savannah State had recently undergone the 10 year site review conducted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and by all indicators, the University was found to be in full compliance with all requirements and standards. “My initial goals are to continue to build on and enhance the SSU Vision 2018 Strategic Plan,” said Dozier. Dozier expressed her gratitude and excitement to be at SSU.
“Savannah State University has a rich history, beautiful campus and coveted marsh-front location. I am honored to be at the helm of the state’s oldest public HBCU and oldest institution of higher learning in the state’s first city. I feel privileged to be here and to have an opportunity to positively impact the next phase of the university’s history. With the support and help of the university community and greater Savannah, we will be successful.”
Dozier became interim president of Savannah State University on May 9, following her appointment by University System of Georgia Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst. Prior to coming to SSU, Dozier served as associate provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Georgia, a position she held since 2006.