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Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands
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Watts named interim president of Georgia Highlands

ROME, Ga. -- Rob Watts has been named interim president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome.

Watts will assume the presidency in January after current president Randy Pierce retires. Watts served as interim president from 2000 until Pierce was appointed in 2001, back when the school was called Floyd College.

"Rob is one of the University System's most experienced leaders, given his responsibilities at the System Office as well as leadership roles at three other institutions," said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "We are extremely fortunate to be able to call upon his skills in this important assignment at Georgia Highlands."

Watts has an extensive career with the USG, most recently serving as its chief operating officer since 2006. He was interim president of Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur from 2005 to 2006, and interim director of the Georgia University Center in Lawrenceville from 2002 to 2005. From 2001 to 2002, he was interim president of Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

In addition to holding bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, Watts also earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center in Bologna, Italy.

Georgia Highlands serves 5,500 students in Northwest Georgia. Locations include the founding campus in Floyd County, Heritage Hall in downtown Rome, a satellite campus in Cartersville, sites in Marietta and Dallas, and an additional instructional site in Douglasville.

Plans to search for the school's next permanent president will be announced in the future.

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