Important message from President Mescon

Colleagues,

Effective immediately, Dr. Tom Hackett assumes the role of Columbus State University's Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

This move follows Dr. Inessa Levi's resignation today from these responsibilities. She continues in her position as a Professor of Mathematics and will renew her research and teaching at CSU.

Dr. Hackett is a seasoned administrator and a valued member of the CSU team, having served as Interim Associate Provost, chairperson of the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and Professional Studies in CSU's College of Education and Health Professions, as well as the director of CSU's Graduate School. He played a key role in designing and launching Columbus State's first doctoral degree program. He holds both baccalaureate and Master of Education degrees from Columbus State University, an Education Specialist designation from Auburn University, and a doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining the university faculty, Hackett was a high school teacher, principal, a system-level chief of operations, and a superintendent.

I expect Dr. Hackett to work closely with the faculty and with the university administration to continue to advance Columbus State's academic agenda, with an unwavering focus on quality, collaboration and faculty engagement.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Hackett for taking on these new responsibilities.

And please also join me in thanking Dr. Levi for her tireless service to Columbus State University.

Tim Mescon