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April 4, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Former SRU dean earns Valdosta State presidency

ATLANTA - William McKinney, former dean of the Slippery Rock University College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Art, has been named the finalist for the next president of Valdosta State University.

McKinney is currently vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a position he has served in since leaving SRU in 2008. He had joined the SRU administration in 2001.

In his current post, he oversees an annual $70 million budget and is responsible for more than 400 full-time and almost 400 part-time faculty, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. He also has overseen a 33 percent increase in sponsored research grants and contracts during his tenure, in part by McKinney’s creation of new positions for research, community engagement and sponsored programs.

In addition to his prior work at SRU and IPFW, McKinney was chair of the department of philosophy and religion at Southeast Missouri State University. He also has taught at the University of Kentucky.

As a result of his work in the area of academics and university management, in 2009 McKinney was selected as one of 25 members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ national “Red Balloon Project.” The group was charged with developing a new approach to undergraduate education that is responsive to public demands for greater accountability in higher education results in a new era of reduced state funding.

McKinney has been active in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, serving on the national board of directors and in various volunteer roles. He also has been a member and held leadership positions in a range of local, state and national organizations, including Leadership Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana Aging and In-Home Services and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

He earned a bachelor of arts in history and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Bucknell University. Both of his advanced degrees, a master’s degree in history and the philosophy of science and a doctorate in the philosophy of science, were earned at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to formally approve McKinney’s candidacy at a future meeting.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.