University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has named Dr. Stuart Rayfield interim president of Bainbridge State College in Georgia.
Rayfield currently serves as the Frank D. Brown Distinguished Chair in Servant Leadership, associate professor and director of the Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University in Georgia. She will assume her post at Bainbridge State on June 1, 2016, replacing Interim President Shawn McGee.
“Stuart is well qualified to provide leadership at Bainbridge State,” said Huckaby. “Her experience in servant leadership and student affairs will be a great fit for the college and community.”
McGee has served as interim president since Dec. 2015 when President Richard Carvajal was appointed interim president at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. McGee has been appointed vice president for fiscal affairs at Albany State University.
Huckaby went on to say, “I appreciate Shawn for his leadership and service to Bainbridge State and look forward to what he will bring to the new Albany State University. I am grateful that such talent as Stuart and Shawn exists within the University System.”
Rayfield previously served as interim associate provost for Undergraduate Education at Columbus State in 2015. As interim provost, some of her areas of responsibility included the Academic Center for Excellence, dual enrollment, Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and co-leadership of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation.
She has previously served as an instructional designer at TSYS and student affairs consultant at Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to her service at Auburn University, she held positions at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Rayfield earned a doctorate in leadership, policy and organizations from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in higher education administration, student affairs from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
She and her husband, David, have two daughters and reside in Columbus, Ga.