Regents approve Ga. Southern, ABAC consolidations

[private]The Board of Regents voted Wednesday to approve the consolidation of four of the state’s public colleges into two universities.

Georgia Southern University will absorb Armstrong State University, with the consolidated institution headed by President Jaimie Hebert. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) will absorb Bainbridge State College, with the new institution headed by President David Bridges.

“The consolidation of these institutions will enable our University System to better serve students, broaden or redesign academic programs offered in the coastal and southwest Georgia regions, and reinvest savings into academics to improve student success,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

The new institutions’ consolidation plans will be submitted to the board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges by the end of this year. The Regents will take a final vote on creating the new institutions in 2018.

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