Christopher L. Markwood became Columbus State University’s fifth president on June 1, 2015.
Since becoming president, he and his family have become active participants on campus and in the surrounding community. Dr. Markwood models collaborative leadership while promoting creativity, innovation and efficiency across campus, all aimed at improving learning and enhancing the university’s capability to attract, retain and graduate students. With a doctorate in political science, his previous academic experience includes serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and interim chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Dr. Markwood.
In 2017, Dr. Markwood was named as one of Georgia’s 100 most influential people by Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a board member for the Georgia Council on Economic Education, serves on the Together 2017 board, and on the University System of Georgia’s Comprehensive Administrative Review committee. He also is on the executive committee of the Peach Belt Conference.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. He and his wife, Bridget, have one young daughter.