Dr. Michael Crafton began teaching at the University of West Georgia in fall 1982, when the institution was known as West Georgia College. What began as a one-year instructor replacement position developed into promotion through all the ranks and tenure. Over the course of this time, Crafton has taught and developed many courses for the Department of English and worked on many department-, college-, and university-wide committees. In 1997, he was recruited to assume the role of the first Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – a job that had to be created in the process of performing it.
In 2014, Crafton’s path led him back to UWG, where he was hired through a competitive search as provost and vice president of academic affairs. Upon his arrival, he began a series of new committees and task forces, and he – along with the president and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management – began busily moving UWG toward the realization of new enrollment markets of Dual Enrollment, adult learning, and new graduate programs.
Crafton’s time as provost at UWG has been organized in four key areas of concern: program development (trimming underperforming programs and developing new ones for new markets); Complete College Georgia (doing all he can to promote student success, retention, and completion); LEAP (working with a variety of faculty and administrators to make the American Association of Colleges and Universities initiative – Liberal Education and America’s Promise – a significant academic quality assurance program with West Georgia and the state); and overseeing Engage West! Faculty Edition (an evidence-based leadership development program under the culture-transforming umbrella of Engage West!).
In early 2019, Crafton was selected to serve as interim president of the University of West Georgia beginning April 1 after the departure of President Kyle Marrero, who assumed the presidency at Georgia Southern University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1986, after which time he completed a yearlong post-doctoral study. He and his wife, Dr. Lisa Crafton, reside in Carrollton and have two children.