Dr. Richard Carvajal
Valdosta State University
On January 1st, Dr. Richard Carvajal began his tenure as the 10th president of Valdosta State University. In his first few months on the job, he has focused on solidifying institutional leadership, strengthening relationships with students and other university constituents, and creating a common vision for VSU’s future.
Before coming to Valdosta, Carvajal led Darton State College through its historic consolidation with Albany State University, after being asked by then-USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby to assume the Interim Presidency because “experienced leadership” was needed.
He also served as President of Bainbridge State College, where he led that institution through a significant facility upgrade, its first-ever successful capital campaign, and a move to state college status.
Carvajal earned his doctorate from The University of South Carolina, and completed fellowships with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Washington Center, and the World Affairs Council. He is also a graduate of both Leadership Kansas and Leadership Georgia.