February 23, 1998
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Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Wright named VSU's new registrar

Gerald Wright was recently named Valdosta State University's new registrar.

Among other assignments, he will supervise the daily operations of the Office of the Registrar.

Wright comes to VSU from Dekalb College in Atlanta, where he served most recently as college director for recruitment and retention. He has been on staff at Dekalb College since 1973 and held a variety of positions, including: veterans affairs coordinator, allied health admissions counselor, director of admissions and records (Dekalb's college registrar) and director of student support services.

Prior to his work at Dekalb College, Wright worked in rehabilitation counseling and served in the U.S. Army. He has also been serving in the Air National Guard since 1979.

Now that he's onboard at Valdosta State, Wright said he wants to continue to improve the "customer service" relationship between the Office of the Registrar and the public. "The registrar's office is the core for the flow of student information," Wright said. "We want to have a helpful and friendly attitude as we provide solid service for the university community and its students."

To those ends, Wright is planning an upgrade of the telephone service into the Office of the Registrar, to make it easier for callers to reach someone when they have a question. He is also working to update and modernize the office's physical filing system for student records.

Wright said he is very happy to be on the VSU campus and looks forward to serving its students and staff. "Before I came here, I had heard comments from students and parents saying how much they like Valdosta State," he said. "I've always had a very favorable impression of the university. I believe this is a quality institution."

"We are very fortunate to have attracted Gerald Wright to be our registrar," said Dr. Hugh C. Bailey, VSU president. "His extensive experience and acquaintanceship with the University System of Georgia will be a valuable asset to this institution."

Wright earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1968. He received his M.Ed. from UGA in 1971 and his Ed.S. from Georgia State University in 1979.