Albany State University will award honorary degrees to several dozen civil rights activists at its graduation ceremony Saturday morning. The 32 honorees are activists from the Albany Movement in 1961. The school expelled them for participating in nonviolent protests against segregation.
The state Senate's Higher Education Commitee chairman says, he's been assured, there won't be any mergers of Georgia's historically black universities. Savannah-area State Senator Buddy Carter says, that word comes from University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Carter says, Huckaby told him, historically-black schools won't be on a coming list of colleges to be merged amid legislative cost-cutting.
College boosters looking for clues as to what state universities could be merged got little help in a recently adopted set of principles. The Board of Regents approved guidelines for merging public colleges and universities to save money and improve education. Savannah and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities are perennial merger targets because they are close together.
Georgia State University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby is urging campuses "not to panic" as he studies possible campus mergers. Huckaby this month said, he'd be reviewing consolidations as a way to cut down on school expenses. This week he's visiting two schools long-considered prime merger candidates, Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities.
The head of the university system of Georgia says he is ordering a study of whether campuses should be consolidated to save money. Chancellor Hank Huckaby told the state Board of Regents on Wednesday he knew the move would be controversial. But he said the system must ensure that it has the "right number of campuses and in the right places."