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Old 01-06-2017, 12:20 PM
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Before long it seems like every university south of I-20 will be merged with another institution...

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced Friday he plans to recommend two consolidations Wednesday to the Board of Regents: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton with Bainbridge State College, and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro with Armstrong State University in Savannah.

The Board of Regents is expected to act upon the recommendations at its meeting Wednesday.

If approved, the two new institutions will be named Georgia Southern University, to be led by current GSU President Jaimie Hebert, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, to be led by current ABAC President David Bridges. Currently, ABAC has a student enrollment of 3,475 and Bainbridge State has an enrollment of 2,468.

A statement from ABAC said that Bridges and Bainbridge State interim President Stuart Rayfield have pledged to work together to enhance educational opportunities for students, and that Bridges and Rayfield would not have further comment until the Regents take action on the proposal.

The merger of ABAC and Bainbridge State, if approved by the regents, will join two colleges located about 85 miles apart. Charles Sutlive, vice chancellor in the University System’s communication department, said other consolidated institutions have done well with significant distances between the units and that the distance between Tifton and Bainbridge is one of the aspects of the proposal that the regents will consider.

“I think it could be up to a two-hour drive,” Sutlive said. “That is something we’ve looked at. The University System has experience with campuses that have distances between them. That’s definitely something that the consolidation implementation committee would be mindful of.”
Merger of ABAC, Bainbridge State colleges proposed | Local News | albanyherald.com
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