Stanley "Stas" Preczewski became president of Georgia Gwinnett College in 2014. He's retiring in May 2019. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED.

Georgia Gwinnett College’s president announces retirement

Georgia Gwinnett College President Stanley “Stas” Preczewski announced Monday he plans to retire at the end of the academic year in May.

Preczewski was appointed president in 2014 following eight years as the college’s inaugural vice president for academic and student affairs and one year as interim president.

University System of Georgia officials lauded Preczewski’s leadership in a statement, particularly its growth as the youngest school in the system. The college’s enrollment last fall was 12,287, a 13 percent increase since 2014. Its six-year graduation rate was 23 percent, which was about average for the four state universities in the system, according to a 2017 University System report.

Preczewski retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 as a colonel. He served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The University System said it would conduct a national search to fill the impending vacancy.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.