Patrick McHenry will be acting provost of GA Columbus State

Columbus State University students walk on campus.

Columbus State University students walk on campus.

Columbus State University

As an all-star relief pitcher repeatedly called up in games to help the team through a tough time, Patrick McHenry has accepted another temporary leadership role at Columbus State University.

McHenry will serve as CSU’s acting provost and executive vice president, assuming those roles as Deborah Bordelon leaves for a similar second-in-command position at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Bordelon’s last day at CSU will be May 31, but McHenry will begin his new position on May 16 “to allow for a smooth transition of academic leadership,” the university said in a press release.

This is McHenry’s fourth acting appointment in 26 years at CSU. He is currently Associate Provost, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Teaching, and Professor of English. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences, Acting Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences, Acting Chair of the Department of English, and Acting Dean of the College of the Arts.

“Dr. Pat McHenry is a shining example of transferable leadership,” outgoing CSU President Chris Markwood said in the press release. “His tenure at Columbus State was marked by guiding multiple areas of campus through management transitions, while maintaining quality contributions to his primary role as Associate Provost. We are fortunate to be able to call on him again during this period of administrative transition.

Markwood’s last day as CSU president will be June 30. John Fuchko III, University System of Georgia Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness, will serve as interim Columbus State President.

McHenry explained to the Ledger-Enquirer why he accepted this new role after Markwood, Bordelon and Fuchko asked him.

“To some degree, you have to rely on others to tell you where you can best contribute in any organization,” he said. “…The university is going through what might seem like a transition period with an outgoing president, an acting president and an outgoing provost, and then a new president who will be appointed later. So maybe I can help by being a familiar face, someone who knows a bit about how the university works…. Change is always a little overwhelming, but at the same time it opens up new opportunities, so I’m very optimistic.

McHenry received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Ambrose College, a Masters in English from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in English Renaissance Literature from Ohio University.

He has served at CSU on the Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, the College of Arts Dean’s Research Committee, the Capital Projects Task Force, and the Arnold Hall and Howard Hall Renovations. In the community, he has volunteered for the Regional Council of the River Valley Regional Commission, the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Columbus and Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Alternative Transportation Plan for the city ​​of columbus.

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Patrick McHenry Columbus State University

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other youth issues. He also writes reports on any exciting subject. He has reported from Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter century. He welcomes your tips and questions about local news.

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