CSU Says Farewell to President Mescon

Mescon Retirement Celebration_01Hundreds of Columbus State employees and friends said farewell to President Timothy Mescon Wednesday, Dec. 3, during a community-wide reception and retirement celebration that included warm remarks, a fast-paced photo reel, and confidence in CSU’s future as a “world-class” institution.

Current CSU Provost and future Interim President Tom Hackett opened the ceremony in a speech that commended CSU’s fourth president for his courage and leadership during the 2008 recession when “resources melted away.” In only his second year as president, Mescon led efforts to improve salary equity for university employees, an initiative that shocked fellow University System of Georgia colleagues.

“Tim is a man of really great courage,” Hackett said.Mescon Retirement Celebration_02

Also sharing in the kind remarks were Tony Link, chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Rachel Green, CSU Student Government Association president, John Finley, associate professor of marketing and management and CSU faculty in residence, and a representative from the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop.

Mescon expressed his confidence in CSU as a university that stands to emerge as an educational powerhouse in Georgia, especially under the leadership of Interim President Hackett.

“Won’t we be in great hands with Tom Hackett?” Mescon asked.

In his final turn at the podium, Mescon conveyed his sincere gratitude for the friendships he and wife Lauren Mescon made over the past six years.

“This is an enormous group of loving, caring people, and we are much better for that,” Mescon said. “CSU always, always will have a special place in our hearts.”

Students also honored Mescon during halftime at the CSU men’s basketball game that followed the retirement celebration. There, it was announced that the CSU Student-Athlete of the Year Award would now be known as the Dr. Timothy Mescon Student-Athlete of the Year Award, an honor fitting for a president that Green said, “was always there.”

Mescon will leave for Amsterdam shortly after graduation ceremonies on Dec. 15. He will serve as the inaugural senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

For more information about Mescon’s tenure at Columbus State University, please visit https://news.columbusstate.edu/tim-mescon-announces-retirement-from-columbus-state-university/.