Two committees have been formed as part of a national search for the next president of Middle Georgia State College. Currently, John Black is serving as interim president of the college with campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.
Eight public institutions of higher education across Georgia officially became four on Tuesday, as the state Board of Regents gave final approval to a consolidation scheme that’s been more than a year in the making. While substantive changes have been—and continue to be—in progress, the big day on campus was all about branding.
The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to approve the consolidation of several college campuses Tuesday. The plans have long been in the works. Higher education leaders and other state officials say the mergers will save money by streamlining administrative and academic functions. The Regents are also expected to name presidents of the four new schools.
The merger of some Georgia colleges won't be final until Tuesday, but work is already being done to promote the new names. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted last year to consolidate eight schools, and it is expected to give final approval Tuesday.
The new merged Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University still doesn't have a name, but the presidents say a working group will submit a list of six possible names for public comment by the middle of the month. Meanwhile, Middle Georgia State College does have a new name and is looking for new school colors and a mascot.
Merging eight of Georgia's public colleges will likely involve layoffs, the elimination of some academic programs, and name changes at the long established institutions. And at least one campus president will lose his title once his campus merges with another college.
College campuses around the state have been on edge for months and [Thursday], state university system officials released their list of state colleges and universities they plan to consolidate to save money. Campuses could lose faculty and staff and students could be forced to pick up their books and study in new, farther off locations. The state Board of Regents has the final say over the proposed merger list.