Dr. Monica Baloga is now serving as the Interim President of Limestone University.
In her interim role approved by the Board of Trustees in February of 2023, Dr. Baloga is now the 23rd President of Limestone. She is also the first female President of the institution that was founded in 1845 as a college for women. Limestone became coeducational in the 1960s.
Per the university’s bylaws, Baloga became the Acting President of Limestone in January of 2023, following the resignation of former President Dr. Darrell Parker. The Board then voted the following month to elevate Dr. Baloga to the role of Interim President.
Dr. Baloga became Limestone’s Provost in February of 2020, after leaving her previous position as Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at the Florida Institute of Technology, where she had served for 24 years. As Limestone’s Provost, Dr. Baloga has served as the chief academic officer with responsibility for planning, development, implementation, coordination, review, and administration of all academic programs and support services.
From 2016-2019, Dr. Baloga held the title of Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost at the Florida Institute of Technology. She started there in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Baloga became the Dean of Graduate Programs in 2012. She also served there as Accreditation Liaison, Assistant Provost for Accreditation & Assessment, Assistant Vice President for Instructional Compliance & International Programs, Vice President for Instructional Effectiveness & International Programs.
Dr. Baloga earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow while at Colorado State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she minored in Biology.
At Florida Institute of Technology, she chaired several committees, including Academic Panel, President’s Competency-Based Education Task Force, Quality of Life, Academic Program Assessment, and Administrative and Academic Program Assessment.
Dr. Baloga is a native of Camden, TN. She and her husband, Bruce Furrow, have a daughter, Abigail, who is a junior at Spartanburg High School. Dr. Baloga has seven brothers and sisters, including one sister who lives in Newberry, SC.