Savannah State Names Associate Provost, AVP of Academic Affairs

Mary Grimes-McGreer, Ph.D.
Mary Grimes-McGreer, Ph.D.

After a national search, Savannah State University (SSU) has appointed Mary Grimes-McGreer, Ph.D., to serve as associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs. She brings 25 years of higher education experience to the administrative role. Grimes-McGreer will begin in the role July 1.

Grimes-McGreer was most recently campus dean and director of Webster University’s Greenville, South Carolina, campus location. During her career, she has held the roles of academic department chair, coordinator of graduate studies, off-site campus academic and student services chief officer and chief accreditation officer.

She has served at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina; Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina; Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, South Carolina; South Carolina State University in Greenville; and the South Carolina State Department of Education in Columbia.

Grimes-McGreer holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in professional theater from North Carolina A&T State University and a master of fine arts degree in musical theater from Alliant University, San Diego, Calif.

In 2003, she received her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina. In 2010-2011, she was a fellow for the American Council on Education.

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