Kemp wrote several tweets late Monday praising Dozier as a “dear friend, trusted ally and strong leader” and saying Arthur has the “ideal skills” to lead the commission.
State officials declined to discuss why the changes are being made now, but some leaders indicated they hope it will result in greater cohesion between the system office and its colleges. Arthur became commissioner in January 2018.
Dozier’s goals will include continuing the TCSG’s work in that area and aligning the system with other state education organizations.
He'll also be tasked with improving the state's popular dual enrollment program, which has skyrocketed in costs in recent years. A state report last year found general fund spending in dual enrollment increased from $18.5 million in fiscal year 2014 to $78.8 million in fiscal year 2018 for tuition, fees and books.
Dozier, who has held management roles for governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, does not have leadership experience in education. TCSG leaders and state officials, though, said they have confidence that Dozier can succeed in his new role. He’s been commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections and the state’s Department of Driver Services.
“Greg Dozier has been an invaluable member of the Governor’s administration,” Kemp’s chief of staff, Tim Fleming, said in a message to agency leaders Monday. “He is a trusted adviser to all of us, and he will be sorely missed once he starts this new role in January.”