Dr. Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski became president of Georgia Gwinnett College in 2014. He earned a B.S. in engineering at Cornell University in 1980 and concurrently received his Army officer commission. His other degrees include an M.S. in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in national security strategy and planning from the United States Naval War College, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Missouri.
While a tenured member of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he served as the vice dean for Resources (CFO) and taught strategic planning as a Fellow at the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. His military schooling included the Field Artillery Cannon course, the Infantry Advanced course, Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College. He successfully commanded two artillery units with the 2nd and 1st Infantry Divisions. His awards and decorations include two Legions of Merit, multiple Meritorious Service Medals and Airborne (paratrooper) and Air Assault wings.
Upon his retirement as an Army Colonel in May 2006, he began his civilian career as the inaugural vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College. Preczewski was charged with overseeing the initial regional accreditation process, growing enrollment from zero initially to over 9,500, opening six academic schools, transitioning to a residential campus, and overseeing the hiring of over 700 faculty and staff in six years. The College is poised to hit an enrollment of 13,000 within the next year.
Preczewski also served successfully as the interim president of Georgia College for the 2011–2012 fiscal year. Locally in Gwinnett County, he is a board member for the Peach State Federal Credit Union and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville and Lawrenceville Lions Club.
He met his wife, Jean, 44 years ago and they have been married for over 30 years. Jean is a career legal assistant for a private law firm in Buford, Ga. They have three children, each of whom served or is serving at the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army: Kristen, who holds an MBA; Michael, who completed command of an Army medical unit in Tokyo; and David, an Army MEDEVAC helicopter pilot. Stas and Jean have two grandchildren, Evan and Claire.