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Portrait of Interim President Kelly L. Heyward

Kerry L. Heyward became interim president of Clayton State University, effective April 7, following the resignation of President T. Ramon Stuart.

Heyward currently serves as university attorney for Georgia State University, where she is a member of the senior leadership team. Heyward has been with Georgia State for more than 20 years. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing all legal matters including advising the university’s president and senior administrators regarding legal issues. She represents Georgia State in legal proceedings and negotiations, including overseeing litigation management and corporate transactions, assessing legal risks of university activities and making policy recommendations to reduce those risks.

She also oversees the provision of legal services regarding personnel matters, student issues, research, compliance, intellectual property, real estate and athletics. During her Georgia State career, she has been involved in a number of significant matters for the university. This includes its successful defense of a copyright lawsuit of national significance for universities involving complex issues of fair use, as well as numerous real estate acquisitions and developments such as 25 Park Place, 55 Park Place, the football practice facility at 188 Martin Luther King Boulevard and the acquisition of Center Parc Stadium (formerly Turner Field).

Heyward started at Georgia State in 2000 and was named university attorney in 2007. Prior to that, she was an associate at a private law firm specializing in transactional law, estate planning and tax law.

She earned a B.A. from the University of North Florida, where she served as president of the Student Government Association, and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Heyward is admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia.