The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee has appointed Reuben E. Brigety II as vice-chancellor and president. He will take office on August 1.
The University of South enrolls about 1,700 undergraduate students and slightly less than 100 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 5 percent of the undergraduate student body.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve as the next vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South, an institution that holds a truly distinctive place in American higher education,” said Dr. Brigety. “During the search process, I got a glimpse of what makes Sewanee so special—an intellectual rigor coupled with an unparalleled sense of community, and a strong sense of place that is inclusive of everybody who finds their way here.”
Dr. Brigety currently serves as dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to becoming dean in 2015, Dr. Brigety served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union for two years. Prior to his work in the policy arena, Brigety was an assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and before that taught international relations at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Brigety is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge in England.