Dr. John Fuchko III Named President of Dalton State College
Dr. John Fuchko III has been appointed as President at Dalton State College. Buffkin / Baker was proud to partner with the College on this comprehensive search led by Ann Yates and Dinah Webster DeWitt from our Higher Education Practice.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) today named Dr. John Fuchko III president of Dalton State College effective Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023.
Dr. Fuchko currently serves as Dalton’s interim president, assuming the position at Dalton State in June, when Dr. Margaret H. Venable retired after eight years. Prior to the 2022-2023 academic year, Fuchko was interim president at Columbus State University, where he led an effort to address a projected $9 million budget reduction and helped champion a focus on student retention that resulted in an almost 5% retention rate increase from Fall 2021 to Fall 2022.
Dr. Fuchko has taken on leadership roles in multiple organizational areas during his 17 years with USG, including service as vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness, overseeing strategic implementation, accreditation, athletics, ethics and risk and various other administrative functions.
As a decorated colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard, Fuchko commands the 122nd Regiment (Regional Training Institute). His two decades of service have included roles such as battalion commander for the 221st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion and two deployments to the Middle East.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kennesaw State University. He earned an MBA at Georgia State University, a master’s degree in strategic intelligence at the National Intelligence University, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a doctorate in education at the University of Georgia.