Since assuming the UWG presidency in 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero has consistently worked to honor the past while forging a new West. Under his guidance, the university is building a culture of high performance and data-informed decision-making by focusing on a new strategic plan (2014-2020) and assessment methodology aligned with UWG's new strategic imperatives: Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success and Operational Success.
Marrero has also expressed deep commitment to evidence-based leadership and employee engagement through quarterly leadership development institutes, the annual engagement survey, and the Best of the West Employee Award and Recognition program. In addition, he has established task forces to explore key topics including sustainability and diversity and inclusion on the UWG campus. All efforts are part of the transformative Engage West! family of programs and support UWG's vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America – sought after as the best place to work, learn and succeed.
Under Marrero's leadership, UWG has achieved record enrollment, record four- and five-year graduation rates, record degrees conferred, record fundraising, and record annual economic impact to the region. He has worked to develop new, student-centered partnerships within the education and business communities, and with the implementation of the Engage West! initiative, won the 2015 national award for Innovation and Excellence, in the category of Leadership Development and Diversity, from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Also under Dr. Marrero's leadership, the institution was honored to be selected as the University System of Georgia 2015 Institution and President of the Year for the Chancellor's Service Excellence Awards. As one of Georgia Trend's 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 "100 Most Influential Georgians," Dr. Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in the State of Georgia.
Now in its fifth year, Dr. Marrero founded the Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a collaborative focused on K-16 student success – enrolled, employed, enlisted – by bringing to the table area superintendents, principals, West Georgia Technical College leadership, Chambers of Commerce, and business and community leaders. It is quickly becoming a model for the state. Most recently, he has been assigned to lead, as chair of the steering committee, the University System of Georgia’s Comprehensive Administrative Review in its efforts to assess administrative support service and support functions for efficiency and effectiveness for all 26 USG institutions over the next two years.
Prior to his appointment at UWG, Marrero served as vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, overseeing the university’s integrated marketing communications efforts, fundraising, development and alumni relations’ activities. Dr. Marrero’s background in the arts has taken him to 10 foreign countries as an artistic ambassador for the United States Embassies and 40 states as a singer and stage director. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He has been married to nationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Jane Redding for 23 years and they are blessed with a beautiful 8-year-old daughter, Lily.