Regents look to Merge Albany State and Darton

| November 7, 2015

Albany State

ALBANY — The University System of Georgia Chancellor wants to consolidate Albany State and Darton College into one school.

According to a release by the system, Chancellor Hank Huckaby plans to recommend the move to the Board of Regents.

The plan aims to increase the university system’s impact on Southwest Georgia, overall learning potential, and student success.

If approved, the new institution will be named Albany State University.

Chancellor Huckaby also plans to recommend to the board that Albany State Interim President Art Dunning be named as the permanent president of Albany State.

He said if consolidated, the new university would maintain the missions of both schools.

“We recognize this is a historic milestone for Albany State. We are committed to continuing to serve the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) mission and building upon the mission to serve an increasingly diverse student population and community,” Huckaby said in a statement. “We also recognize the key role Darton has played in meeting the access mission and offering workforce related associate degrees. We will maintain both missions under the consolidated institution and believe this strengthens public higher education in Southwest Georgia.”

A consolidated Albany State University would create a new school of nearly 9,000 students.

If the board approves the recommendation, an implementation team with representatives from both institutions will soon be formed and charged with the responsibility to work out the many details associated with consolidating the two universities.

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