Posted: 11:27 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Road to Campus Consolidation
The University System of Georgia went from 35 institutions to 31 Tuesday as the State Board of Regents took final steps to merge eight colleges into four. The system accomplished this consolidation relatively quickly. Key dates in the process:
September 2011 – Chancellor Hank Huckaby says the system will study merging colleges and taking other steps to save money.
November 2011 – The regents approve six guidelines staff will use when considering how to merge colleges.
Jan. 10, 2012 – The regents approve merging eight colleges into four. This was a key step to start planning for consolidation.
May and August 2012 – The regents approve new names and mission statements for the paired colleges.
December 11, 2012 – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools signs off on the mergers.
Jan. 8, 2013 – Regents authorize the consolidated colleges to operate and formally appoint campus presidents.
The State Board of Regents merged eight colleges into four new institutions. The new schools are:
Georgia Regents University. A merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities. Ricardo Azziz is president. The college will enroll about 9,500 students.
Middle Georgia State College. A merger Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges. John Black is interim president. The college will enroll about 8,800 students.
South Georgia State College. A merger of Waycross and South Georgia colleges. Virginia Carson is president. The college will enroll about 3,000 students.
University of North Georgia. A merger of Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University. Bonita Jacobs is president. The college will enroll about 15,000 students.
Source: University System of Georgia.