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Staś Preczewski assumes presidency at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville
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Retired U.S. Army Col. Stanley C. “Stas” Preczewski, answers questions from faculty and staff members of Riverside Military Academy on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in the Sandy Beaver Center. Preczewski was announced as the private Gainesville school's new president during the event. - photo by Scott Rogers

Retired U.S. Army Col. Stanley C. “Staś” Preczewski officially took the helm as Riverside Military Academy’s 10th president on Friday, March 1.

The schools will hold an official “Change of Command” ceremony at 11 a.m. March 29 during its Parent’s Day Parade.

“I am honored to be Riverside Military Academy’s 10th president and excited to lead a talented team of teachers and staff to grow and enhance the Academy’s mission of equipping ethical young men for life,” Preczewski said in a press release.

Preczewski previously served as president at Georgia Gwinnett College before coming to the Gainesville college-preparatory boarding school.

He was named the new president of Riverside Military on Oct. 11, 2018, and he has already been serving on school’s board of trustees.

Preczewski replaces Col. William Gallagher, who departed abruptly in May over a “private personnel matter.”

Lt. Col. James Spivey had served as interim president.

Preczewski served 26 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2006.

His awards and decorations include two Legion of Merit awards, four Meritorious Service Medals and the Army Commendation Medal, among others.

Preczewski and his wife, Jean, have three children, all of whom have served or are serving in the U.S. Army.

Preczewski received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College and a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri.

Preczewski is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and was a fellow with the American Council on Education at Wake Forest University.  

“He is unquestionably the right leader at the right time, and we could not be more thrilled that he is joining us,” said Dr. Britt Daniel, the academy’s executive vice president.