ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Regents is naming a new president at the university system's smallest institution.

Regents on Tuesday voted to make Georj Lewis the permanent leader at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Lewis has been the 1,800-student school's interim president since July 1.

Lewis was Georgia Southern University's vice president of student affairs when he was named to take over in Atlanta. He succeeds Gary McGaha, who retired on June 30 after 12 years leading the school.

Atlanta Metropolitan State was founded in 1974 as a two-year school offering associate degrees. It began offering bachelor's degrees earlier this decade.

Lewis was previously dean of students at Georgia Southern and vice president of student affairs at now-merged Armstrong State University.

Regents had pledged a national search for McGaha's successor.

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