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Friday, June 8, 2012 - 4:38am

Shorter Wait For College Prez Hopefulls

Georgia's university system is looking to hire six college presidents, and finalists for those positions will be subject to less scrutiny under a change in state law.

Georgia's Open Records Act requires a 14-day waiting period between when state agencies and local governments name finalists and vote on an official hire, to give the public an opportunity to learn about the finalists and voice concerns.

Under a new rule approved by the Legislature, the Board of Regents must give the public only five days' notice.

Georgia First Amendment Foundation Executive Director Hollie Manheimer said the law makes the process less transparent.

The University of Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Highlands College, East Georgia College and Macon State College need new presidents.