- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - An interim president has been chosen to lead Georgia Southern University in Statesboro until a permanent replacement is named.

University System of Georgia officials say Georgia Southern Provost and Vice President for academic affairs Jean Bartels has been named interim president and will begin in her new role July 20.

The announcement comes after GSU president Brooks Keel was named as president of Georgia Regents University in Augusta.

Officials say Bartels has worked for GSU since 1999 and began serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs there in July 2012.

Bartels earned bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing from Alverno College and Marquette University. Bartels also earned a doctorate degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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