Preczewski named interim president
University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today that he has appointed Dr. Stanley “Stas” Preczewski, currently vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, to serve as interim president at the Gwinnett institution.
Preczewski’s appointment, effective July 1, follows GGC President Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman’s recent appointment as the next president of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
Preczewski has served in his current position since GGC’s founding in 2005. He was responsible for overseeing GGC’s process for initial regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which was achieved in 2009, and also helped GGC obtain initial Federal Financial Aid approval. He also supervised the hiring of over 500 faculty and academic staff.
“The System is full of exceptional leadership and we are fortunate to be able to call on Dr. Preczewski to lend his talents to this expanded role at Georgia Gwinnett College,” said Huckaby. “His presidential experience and his deep knowledge of Georgia Gwinnett make him the right person to serve in this critical interim capacity.”
Preczewski was interim president of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, from July 2011 through June 2012, prior to the appointment of Dr. Steve Michael Dorman as the institution’s permanent president.
“I look forward to working with the USG and the Board of Regents,” said Preczewski. “As we transition our growth model to complement the USG's strategic direction, there is great opportunity to build upon the countless achievements of President Kaufman and consolidate our strengths to leverage further success for our entire community in the years ahead.”
“Stas Preczewski is a gifted educator who is absolutely committed to the GGC vision and mission,” said Kaufman. “Under his leadership, GGC will continue to provide the transformational educational opportunities that the residents of our region deserve. He is exactly the right person to lead GGC into its next phase of development.”
Preczewski earned a Ph.D. specializing in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri in 1997. He has a master of arts degree specializing in strategic planning from the United States Naval War College earned in 1998 and a master of science degree specializing in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts earned in 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in agricultural engineering and economics in 1980.
An ROTC graduate, Preczewski served his nation in the U.S. Army from 1980-2006, achieving the rank of colonel. He served in various command and staff positions in combat arms units world-wide, and received two Legion of Merit awards, four Meritorious Service Medals and the Army Commendation Medal, among other honors.
Preczewski has received a number of academic recognitions and awards, including a fellowship from the American Council on Education (ACE), 2003-2004, which he spent at Wake Forest University. He also is an ACE Chief Academic Officer Graduate.
Preczewski has presented a number of papers, authored and co-authored studies and held tenure as an associate professor of behavioral sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served for a time as director of the academy’s Engineering Psychology Program and head coach of the academy’s rowing program. He also served as West Point’s associate dean for Plans and Resources and vice dean for Resources. His “servant leader” management style has earned him national recognition as a team builder, and he is sought after as a lecturer and conference presenter.
Preczewski and his wife, Jean, reside in Buford, and have three adult children.