Trey Kilpatrick, a former chief aide to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, will become Gov. Brian Kemp's chief of staff on Oct. 15.
In February, he was appointed vice president of government and community affairs at Georgia State University.
In his new role, Kilpatrick is charged with supervising the governor’s senior deputies, marshaling his priorities through the Legislature and navigating crises.
The switch comes at a time when Kemp faces mounting challenges over his coronavirus response, threats to his political clout and a likely rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams in 2022.
Kemp said in a statement that he is “truly honored” to welcome Kilpatrick to his administration.
“With his wealth of experience from both federal and state government, Trey is uniquely qualified to lead my administration,” the governor said.