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John Fuchko, III

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EdD, 2019

John Fuchko III is the president of Dalton State University.

He had served for many years as the University System of Georgia (USG) Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and was the interim president of Columbus State University, 2022-2023.

In his USG capacity, he oversaw the USG’s enterprise risk management, compliance & ethics, athletics oversight, strategic implementation, accreditation, and various other activities. John served for seven years as the USG Chief Audit Officer and Vice Chancellor for Internal Audit with responsibility for 25 campus audit shops and 80 professional staff. He also oversaw three of the USG’s institutional consolidation efforts.

John previously served in various audit and compliance positions with the Board of Regents and with the State Department of Audits and Accounts. John holds certifications as a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurance, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and PROSCI certified change management.

John earned a BS in Political Science from Kennesaw State University, a MBA from Georgia State University, a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Doctorate in Education from The University of Georgia. He was a student at the U.S. Army War College. In college, he served as editor in chief of the campus newspaper, student government president, and Board of Regents’ student advisory council chair. 

John served as an officer and board member for several non-profits and as “First Councilor” at Epiphany Catholic Church. He currently is the incoming Vice Chair and Board Treasurer for the Center for Family Resources and chair of the finance committee for the National Guard Association of Georgia. He has served as president and/or chair of several non-profits to include the 1900-member Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta Chapter. John previously served as the Editor of the College and University Auditor for the Association of College & University Auditors. 

John serves as a Colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard. He is the Commander of the 122nd TSD and previously served in roles such as G2 (Intelligence Officer) for the Georgia Army National Guard, Executive Officer for the 78th Troop Command and, Battalion Commander for the 221st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion. He has deployed twice to the Middle East, has commanded four times, and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff Operations Course. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

John has been featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and regularly speaks on internal audit, governance, and higher education topics. He is a graduate of the 2018 Leadership Atlanta Class and a recipient of the “40 Under 40” recognition from both Georgia Trend and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Atlanta Metropolitan State College selected John as its 2016 Convocation Speaker and Founder’s Day Award recipient. Kennesaw State University selected Dr. Fuchko as both a commencement speaker and convocation speaker. John has also been a keynote speaker at the MIS AuditWorld conference and a speaker for the IIA Atlanta Chapter, the AGA Atlanta Chapter, SACUBO, SHEEO, AGB and IIA webinars, Complete College America, guest lecturer at multiple public and private institutions, and has taught at the doctoral level.

He is married to the former Sherie Michelle Lipham of Canton, Georgia and they are blessed with 12 children. 

News Featuring John Fuchko, III

Kate Maine (Ed.D. 2019) was named as the inaugural vice president for marketing, communications and workforce development in a position shared between Dalton State University and Georgia Highlands College.

by Jewel Caruso

by Jewel Caruso

John Fuchko III (EdD 2019) was named as the new interim president at Dalton State College and started on June 1, 2023.

by Jewel Caruso

John Fuchko III (PhD 2019) was appointed the interim president for Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. 

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