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Athens State names vice president of academic affairs
Betts was serving in interim role

ATHENS — A nationwide search for a vice president led Athens State University officials back home.

President Jerry Bartlett announced Tuesday that Denver Betts, who has served as interim vice president of academic affairs, will take over the job full time immediately.

Bartlett said the university narrowed the search to three candidates and chose Betts based on his "exemplary service in the position as interim."

Betts served as assistant professor of business at Athens State and special assistant to the president for minority relations.

Betts is a native of Louisville, Ky. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from The University of Louisville, a Master of Arts degree in business from Central Michigan University and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Betts was commissioned in the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He retired after achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Betts is president of the board of directors for the North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence and serves as a board member for Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Athens Rotary Club and Spirit of Athens Organization. He is chairman-elect for the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce.

- Holly Hollman

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