Louis Levy named interim president of Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University
April 27, 2011
Dr. Louis H. Levy has been named as the interim president for Valdosta State University (VSU), effective, July 1, 2011, following an announcement by President Patrick Schloss that he
would be stepping down from that role. University System of Georgia Executive Vice Chancellor and
Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst announced Levy’s interim appointment today.
“Lou Levy has been one of the very best leaders in the university system, for a very long time now,”
said Herbst. “His scholarly standards, his integrity, and his dedication to both VSU and the state of
Georgia will enable him to be a strong acting president. I cannot believe our good fortune, to have
someone as talented as Lou, ready and willing to take the presidential helm. Most important of all, he
cares deeply about the faculty, staff, and students of Valdosta, and we need his vision and steady hand.”
Schloss, who has served as VSU’s president since July 2008, indicated in an April 25, 2011, letter to
the campus community that he would resign from the presidency and continue to work within the
University System, supporting the Board of Regents’ efforts to improve retention and graduation rates.
Levy is no stranger to Valdosta State, having served in a variety of academic and administrative roles
since 1989. Most recently, Levy was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, from Oct. 2008-
Dec. 2010. Prior to that, he was vice president of Academic Affairs from July 2002-Sept. 2008 and served
as the acting vice president of Academic Affairs from July 2000-2002. Levy was assistant vice president
for Academic Affairs from Nov. 1995-June 2000.
He came to VSU in Aug. 1989 and was a professor and head of the Department of Sociology,
Anthropology and Criminal Justice until Nov. 1995. He also has taught in the field of sociology at
Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.
Levy earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in
Lafayette, La., a master’s degree in sociology from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and his
doctorate in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Va.
He was the principal investigator in a five-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant
focused on statewide teacher recruitment from 2002-2007.