Metro news for Friday

Georgia State University and Southern Polytechnic State University both selected new deans to lead their respective colleges of arts and sciences.

Georgia State announced Wednesday that William Long, chairman and professor of international affairs at Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, will start as dean Aug. 8.

Southern Poly's new dean, Thomas Nelson, a biology professor and department head at North Georgia College & State University, will start July 1.

LAURA DIAMOND

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Atlanta area Boy Scouts have $15 million in capital improvements at the Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington and renovations at the Woodruff Scout Reservation and the Allatoona Aquatics Base.

The Scout's Atlanta Area Council embarked on the fund-raising primarily to add a dining hall, swimming pool, nature center, camping and a BB and archery range at the Scout reservation, which is expected to see hundreds of scouts on June 5 when they arrive for the summer camp season. STEVE VISSER

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A principal from Tennessee and one from Cobb County will be moving into leadership roles at two Fulton County schools. Kirk Shrum, a 13-year educator who currently is a principal in Hamilton County (Chattanooga), Tenn., will be replacing retiring principal Sharon Reinig at Manning Oaks Elementary. Grant Rivera, principal at Cobb County's Campbell High School will take the helm at Westlake High School next year. “Both are outstanding leaders with exceptional track records for raising student achievement and increasing their schools’ overall success," Fulton County Superintendent Cindy Loe said. NANCY BADERTSCHER

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