9th President

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted unanimously on June 21, 2013 in naming Ivelaw Lloyd Griffithas the ninth president of Fort Valley State University. President Griffith took office on July 22.

A political scientist, …

8th President

Dr. Larry E. Rivers

On March 14, 2006, Dr. Larry E. Rivers became FVSU’s eighth president. To raise money for the school, Rivers and First Lady Betty Jean Rivers donated seed money from their personal savings to begin a challenge …

7th President

Dr. Kofi Lomotey

In October, 2001, Dr. Kofi Lomotey took office as the seventh president of Fort Valley State. Lomotey had a strong academic background. He held a bachelor’s from Oberlin College and a master’s of education from Cleveland State …

6th President

Dr. Oscar Lewis Prater

In 1990, Oscar Lewis Prater was selected as the sixth president of FVSC. Prater’s administration would be a momentous decade in the history of the institution. Prater came to Fort Valley from Hampton University where he …

5th President

Dr. Luther Burse

In the fall of 1983, Dr. Luther Burse became FVSC’s fifth president. Burse, his wife Mamie, and their two children, quickly integrated into the college family. Like his predecessors and successors, Burse was well-qualified for the position. …

4th President

Dr. C.W. Pettigrew

W.W. E. Blanchet retired as FVSC’s fourth president in 1973. Later that same year, Dr. C.W. Pettigrew was appointed the fourth president of FVSC.

During the 1970s, Fort Valley worked with the University of Georgia to create …

3rd President

Dr. W.W. E. Blanchet

Dr. W.W. E. Blanchet was appointed as the third president. During Blanchet’s term, the College became accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education in 1971. During the 1970s, the university’s football team …

2nd President

Dr. Cornelius V. Troup

Later in 1945, Dr. Cornelius V. Troup was appointed the second president. Under Troup, FVSC began offering graduate courses. Students could obtain master’s degrees in education, home economics and agriculture by 1945. The Georgia Board of …


FVSU will remain closed for the remainder of Wednesday, January 17. It will open on time tomorrow, Thursday, January 18.