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  • Writer's picturePatricia Salkin

Savannah State University Announces New Interim Lawyer President Cynthia Robinson Alexander



President Kimberly Ballard-Washington, also a lawyer, announced this week that she would be stepping down as president of Georgia’s oldest historically black public university. In her resignation letter, Ballard-Washington noted personal issues that have prevented her from achieving the goals she set out for herself. Prior to her appointment as president, she had served for two years as interim president.


Effective July 1, 2023, attorney Cynthia Robinson Alexander will serve the University as interim president. Alexander is currently the University System of Georgia’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance. Among her responsibilities in this role is leading the Board of Regents management of all alternative financing transactions. According to one release, “Since joining USG in 2009, she has worked closely with institutional presidents, chief business officers, foundations, university system leadership as well as external stakeholders to provide needed support for facilities while prioritizing affordability for students.”


Cynthia Robinson Alexander earned a JD from Boston University School of Law. She also holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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