Dr. Micheal Crafton has been named interim president of the University of West Georgia.
Crafton, UWG’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, will assume this role on April 1. He will replace the current president, Dr. Kyle Marrero, who is leaving to become president of Georgia Southern University.
“I am confident that Micheal Crafton will provide strong leadership for UWG while maintaining, and building upon, UWG’s momentum,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “His deep ties to UWG’s students, faculty and broader community, his academic experience and his proven track record make him the ideal person to lead the university at this time. I look forward to working with Michael as he furthers UWG’s growth and success.”
Crafton has served as UWG provost since 2014. In this capacity, he oversees six colleges, an honors college, the Ingram Library and numerous other divisions.
“I’m honored and thrilled for the opportunity to lead the university as interim president,” Crafton said. “I’m looking forward to working with the university community and our supporters in this new role. Together, we will maintain our standards of excellence, presence in the community, and continue helping our students fulfill their goals of earning a college degree.”
A national search for the next president of UWG will be launched at a later date.
Crafton served as provost for Clayton State University from 2009-2014 and also served as interim executive vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University System of Georgia.
He has been a professor of English and for more than 30 years, teaching courses in Chaucer, medieval literature, the history of the English language and critical theory.
In his role as an administrator, Crafton is active in the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), which named him a senior fellow for his role in spearheading Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) as a statewide initiative in Georgia, leading to the creation of Georgia as a LEAP state.
Crafton serves as chairman of the LEAP State Georgia steering committee and is an appointed member of the editorial board for Liberal Education. He is also active with the John Gardner Institute, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and USG projects and initiatives. Crafton received his master’s, Ph.D. and postdoctoral study from the University of Tennessee.