Campus News

Retired brigadier general named ­president of new Gwinnett college

Daniel J. Kaufman, a decorated brigadier general, has been named the charter president of the newest state college in the University System of Georgia. Kaufman, who recently retired as the chief academic officer and dean of the academic board at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., assumed the presidency of the 35th college in the University System of Georgia on Sept. 19.

“As an experienced leader, Daniel Kaufman is well equipped for this challenge,” says Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith. “We have high hopes that he will position the newest campus of the University System as a shining star for higher education in this region of the state.”

As West Point’s chief academics officer, Kaufman was directly responsible for 525 faculty members, more than 200 support staff, a $45 million personnel budget and a matching annual operating budget. He articulated the need for and obtained Congressional funding for a new $75 million library, and, during his tenure, ­research support for USMA increased from $2.5 million to $11.6 million per year.