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Armstrong State, Georgia Southern consolidation complete

The Georgia Board of Regents granted final approval of the Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University Tuesday, but GSU president, Jaime Hebert said there are still some challenges ahead. (Credit: Josie Gregory)

The Georgia Board of Regents granted final approval of the Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidation Tuesday, but GSU president Jaime Hebert said there are still some challenges ahead.

The consolidation process was expected to take 18 months, but the committee did it in 12 months.

"It took hours and hours, hundreds of hours of hard work by those folks," Hebert said.

The 41-member Consolidation Implementation Committee combed through every part of the two universities this past year, trying to find commonalities in both.

"On the Statesboro campus, we had no biochemistry program. There was a biochemistry program here on the Armstrong campus," he said, "We're now able to offer that biochemistry degree to students on the Statesboro campus."

However, the committee did have to delete some things, including Armstrong State's name and some sports programs.

"It's important that we took all of these hard decisions, put them in an open forum like that, and had real heart-to-heart discussions," he said.

The committee was able to combine most faculty and staff positions. Hebert said most eliminated positions happened as people retired or left for other positions.

The committee also settled on nine colleges for the two campuses: the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the Waters College of Health Professions, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies.

President Hebert said implementing all of the programs at two separate campuses will be a challenge next fall, once the new GSU officially launches.

However, he said he has no doubts faculty and staff will be able to work through the kinks that may come up.

Hebert also plans to have an office at the Statesboro Campus as well as the Armstrong campus.


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