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GSU gets new president
Brooks Keel GSU prexy
Dr. Brooks Keel - photo by Photo provided.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Monday named Dr. Brooks A. Keel, 53, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, president of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
“Dr. Keel has Georgia roots, and is a graduate of two USG institutions, so he is an outstanding success story for the university system and the state. He brings tremendous academic credentials, understands our state challenges on all dimensions and has the experience to link industry and the academy together in creative and compelling ways,” said Chancellor Erroll Davis.
Keel will assume his post on Jan. 1. He will replace GSU President Dr. Bruce Grube, who will step down effective Dec. 31. Grube has served the university system in this role since July 1999.
Prior to his appointment at LSU, Keel was a professor in the department of biomedical sciences and associate vice president for research at Florida State University in Tallahassee, from 2002-06. His professional career began in 1985 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, where he served in a variety of positions including the Daniel K. Roberts distinguished professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology (1995-2001), president of the Women’s Research Institute (1993-2001), and director of Reproductive Medicine Laboratories (1994-2002).
He is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, among others. Keel has served on numerous boards related to his discipline, including the American Board of Bioanalysis, and has been honored for his work. He earned a Ph.D. in reproductive endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry from Augusta College (now Augusta State University).
Attempts to get Keel’s salary from the regents office Tuesday were unsuccessful.
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