Two more University System mergers are in the works

[private]The University System announced Friday it will be merging four more colleges this year: Georgia Southern University will be consolidated with Armstrong State University, while Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) will merge with Bainbridge State College.

The two new colleges will be named Georgia Southern University, headed by President Jaimie Hebert, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, headed by President David Bridges.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on the proposed consolidations — which were recommended by the new chancellor, Steve Wrigley — at next Wednesday’s meeting.

When completed, the number of institutions in the University System will be reduced to 26; there were once 35 institutions before the wave of consolidations began six years ago.

“Creating the new Georgia Southern University will combine the best of both institutions, which are just an hour apart and ultimately serving many of the same students,” Wrigley said in a statement.

“Consolidating Armstrong and Georgia Southern will create one institution with expanded regional presence, tailored degree programs for the coastal region and positioned to significantly enhance the University System’s economic impact for the area,” he added.

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