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Freeman leaving Albany State

Everette Freeman is president of Albany State University.

Everette Freeman is president of Albany State University.

ALBANY — Albany State University President Everette Freeman has been hired as the new president of Community College of Denver (CCD) in Colorado. Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Director of Media and Legislative Communications Rhonda Bentz confirmed Freeman’s hiring early Wednesday morning.

Freeman’s decision to leave ASU comes during homecoming week, a period during which thousands of graduates and supporters are on campus.

Freeman, ASU’s eighth president, has been at the University since 2005. Prior to coming to Albany, Freeman served four years as Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Indianapolis. He previously was the Executive Assistant to the President at Tennessee State University, where he served as interim Vice President for University Relations and Development.

Freeman earned his doctorate of education in Educational Foundations at Rutgers University, a master of arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor of arts in Sociology and Economics from Antioch College.

Community College of Denver has been under the direction of Interim President Cliff Richardson since 2011. He plans to retire at the end of this term. Freeman was selected for the by CCCS President Nancy McCallin.

“I am honored to accept the position of president of Community College of Denver,” said Freeman. “Community College of Denver is a jewel in the crown of the Colorado Community College System and I look forward to my move to Denver and leading this fine institution.”

McCallin said she was pleased with the hire.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Freeman has accepted the presidency of Community College of Denver. CCD has been innovative in the areas of developmental education, concurrent enrollment for high school students, and career and technical education,” McCallin said. “Dr. Everette Freeman’s experience in leadership at the college and university level is extraordinary. I am confident that he will be a great fit for Community College of Denver and the Denver community. We look forward to working with him and welcome him to the college and the system.”

During Freeman’s tenure, ASU built a new early learning center, a student center, and two student residence halls. The University also was successful in retiring the debt service for the football stadium.

“President Freeman has guided Albany State with integrity and with a focus on serving its students and the community,” said Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG). “Under his leadership, the University has created strategic partnerships with state, local and federal agencies and its financial performance has significantly improved. He also has made important contributions to the University System, particularly in the area of emergency planning.”

Freeman will assume his new post at CCD on Nov. 1.

The USG said information on the appointment of an interim president for ASU will be announced at a future date.