Board Does Not Renew Contract of Savannah State University President

Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., president of Savannah State University, was informed that his contract would not be renewed. The board of trustees did not disclose any reasons for terminating the contract.

Dr. Yarbrough is a graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas. He holds a master’s degree in industrial studies from California State University at Los Angeles and a doctorate in industrial education from Iowa State University.

Prior to accepting the presidency at Savannah State, Dr. Yarbrough served in a number of senior posts at other educational institutions. He was the founding dean of the School of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University and served as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Virginia State University.

This month, Dr. Yarbrough was named one of three finalists for chancellor at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Cheryl Davenport Dozier, associate provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Georgia, was named interim president of Savannah State University, effective May 9. Dr. Dozier is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University. She holds a master of social work degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate in social welfare from Hunter College of the City University of New York.