As of Thursday, January 5, 2012
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ALBANY — Albany State University President Everette Freeman and Darton College President Peter Sireno probably both breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was learned that the two schools are not on a list of state institutions to be merged.
A state lawmaker said Wednesday a University System of Georgia proposal would merge eight college campuses across the state into four to save money.
Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Republican from Waycross, said the proposed consolidation involves merging Waycross College with South Georgia College in Douglas; Augusta State College with the Georgia Health Sciences University; Middle Georgia College with Macon State College; and Gainesville College with North Georgia College & State University.
Hatfield said he met with Chancellor Henry “Hank” Huckaby and Board of Regents chairman Ben Tarbutton on Wednesday.
Huckaby is expected to make an official announcement sometime today.
Freeman, university system spokesman John Millsaps and several regents declined comment. Sireno could not be reached for comment.
According to reports from late last year, the USG has removed all eight of Georgia’s HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) from consideration for consolidation.