Taking the Reins – Local, State, Federal Leaders Help Welcome Marrero at his Investiture Ceremony

President Kyle Marrero at his Investiture Ceremony

On Oct. 24 & 25, Georgia Southern University held ceremonies to officially confer the duties and responsibilities of the Office of the President to Dr. Kyle Marrero, who became Georgia Southern’s 14th president on April 1. 

“We are here today to share in the time-honored tradition to invest a new president of Georgia Southern University,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Steve W. Wrigley, Ph.D., to the crowd. “It is an awesome responsibility, yet leading a public university today is also a complex responsibility. It is a high calling to prepare students for civic responsibility and for the workforce. Georgia Southern, in embracing its mission, fosters the growth and development of this region, state and nation through the teaching, research and public service of its excellent faculty. 

“As chancellor, I believe in this institution and its mission. It is the primary role of the president to create and sustain an environment where the pursuit of knowledge can thrive. I believe Dr. Marrero is the right person at this time in the history of Georgia Southern University, and I’m excited about the future.”

Local, state and federal representatives attended the investiture on the Statesboro Campus on Oct. 25 and a Speakers’ event about the University’s values on Oct. 24 at the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. Notable attendees included U.S. Rep. Rick W. Allen, Georgia State Sen. Jack Hill, Georgia House Reps. Jan Tankersley and Jon Burns, Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach, Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar, Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown, several representatives from the USG, fellow presidents of USG institutions.

“I am honored by your charge and trust in me and indebted by all those who have made this institution what it is today,” said Marrero. “I continue to be amazed at the quality of people, the communities, the sheer breadth of what Georgia Southern has to offer and the future potential for us all.”