Earl G. Yarbrough

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Earl Glenn Yarbrough Sr.
Former President of
Savannah State University
In office
May 30, 2007 (2007-05-30) – May 8, 2011
Preceded by Carlton E. Brown
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 70–71)[1]
Wichita, Kansas
Spouse(s) Patricia Yarbrough
Children Kim Yarbrough
Angela Yarbrough
Delmar Yarbrough
Earl Yarbrough, Jr.
Alma mater Wichita State University
California State University at Los Angeles
Iowa State University
Website Official Biography at savstate.edu

Dr. Earl Glenn Yarbrough Sr. was the president of the Savannah State University from May 30, 2007 until May 8, 2011.[2][3]



A native of Wichita, Kansas, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial education from Wichita State University in 1969.[2][4] He earned a Master of Arts degree in industrial studies from California State University, Los Angeles in 1974, and a doctorate in industrial education from Iowa State University in 1976.[2][4]

Early career[edit]

Yarbrough’s first academic position was at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 1976.[2] In 1984, he moved to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as Chair of the Industrial Technology Program.[2] In 1986 he was appointed founding dean of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University School of Technology, a post he held until 1998 when he moved to Virginia State University.[2][4]

Virginia State University[edit]

Yarbrough served as a full professor of Industrial Education and Technology and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Virginia State University before being named provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs from 1998 until 2003.[2][4]

President-elect of Knoxville College[edit]

On December 1, 2006, Yarbrough was named president-elect of Knoxville College, however the institution was unable to pay his salary and that of his staff, so the board terminated his contract so he could assume the presidency at Savannah State.[5][6]

President of Savannah State University[edit]

On May 30, 2007, Yarbrough became the President of Savannah State University. On April 19, 2011, the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia voted not renew Yarbrough’s annual contract as president of the university.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Yarbrough has received numerous awards and honors including:

Published works[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Yarbrough is married (wife Patricia) and the father of four children.[2]


  1. ^ Few, Jenel (2011-04-21). "UGA Associate Provost Cheryl Davenport named interim SSU president". SavannahNow.com. The Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Earl G.Yarbrough Sr., Ph.D President Savannah State University" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  3. ^ "President's Biography". SavanahState.edu. Savannah State University. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Recommendations Made for Savannah State Presidency". Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  5. ^ "PC(USA)-related Knoxville College names new president". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Earl Yarbrough Named President of Savannah State University". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  7. ^ Jones, Walter (2011-04-20). "Earl Yarbrough loses Savannah State University presidency". SavannahNow.com. The Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  8. ^ "National Association of Industrial Technology Executive Board Meeting". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  9. ^ "NAFEO names first class of leadership fellows - noteworthy news - National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education - faculty chosen from historically and predominantly black colleges and universities - list of the 13 NAFEO fellows". Black Issues in Higher Education. 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  10. ^ "University Division Awards". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  11. ^ "SSU president named to Telfair board". Savannah Morning News. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Carlton E. Brown
President of
Savannah State University

2007 — 2011
Succeeded by
Cheryl Davenport Dozier (Interim)