- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The University System of Georgia has named an interim president for Columbus State University.

Officials said in a statement Thursday that Tom Hackett will serve as the school’s interim president after current President Tim Mescon retires Dec. 31.

Officials say Hackett is currently working as the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

University system chancellor Hank Huckaby says Hackett “has clearly demonstrated his leadership capabilities and readiness to take on this responsibility.”

Hackett began serving as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2010. He was fully appointed to the position in 2012 and began his career with the university in 2004 as a faculty member.

Prior to working at CSU, Hackett worked for public school systems in Phenix City and Alexander City, Alabama.

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