College of Coastal Georgia President Gregory Aloia greets a group of second-year medical students from the Medical College of Georgia who were visiting CCGA this past September. Aloia announced his retirement Friday.

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College of Coastal Georgia announced Friday afternoon that its president Gregory Aloia will be retiring, effective June 30.

“It has been my honor to serve as president of the College of Coastal Georgia,” Aloia said in a statement from the college. “The efforts of our leadership team, the faculty and staff, to create a high quality learning environment for current and future students has been remarkable. With the continued support of our community, the College of Coastal Georgia has a bright future ahead. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this institution’s growth and advancement.”

Aloia became president in July 2013. Previously, he served as president and a professor at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia.

Coastal has seen an 18 percent growth in enrollment under Aloia’s leadership. And this year, the college addressed the rising cost of higher education through several initiatives, saving its students a total of $1.8 million in the current academic year.

CCGA was ranked No. 7 in top public institutions for regional colleges in the south in the 2017 U.S. News Best College Rankings. Military Times also named CCGA to its “Best for Vets” Colleges list.

“From day one, President Aloia focused on how Coastal Georgia could better serve students,” said Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, in the statement. “President Aloia’s emphasis on college affordability, access and student support has made CCGA an institution sought after by students from across the state. On behalf of the University System, we thank Greg for his service and commitment to our students and the State of Georgia.”

The statement also noted that information regarding the search for Aloia’s replacement will be announced at a later date.