DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
South Georgia State College, Waycross College Discuss Consolidation Effort
On Tuesday, April 3, the presidents of six area colleges and
universities joined South Georgia State College President Dr. Virginia Carson and
Waycross College Interim President Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson on the SGC campus
in Douglas to discuss the consolidation of Waycross College and South Georgia State College.
In attendance were: Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall
A. Blanchard, Armstrong Atlantic State University President Linda Bleicken,
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President David C. Bridges, Albany
State University President Everette J. Freeman, College of Coastal Georgia
President Valerie Hepburn, Valdosta State University Interim President Louis
H. Levy, Okefenokee Technical College Interim President Glenn Deibert, and
University System of Georgia Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning and
Implementation Shelley Nickel.
The presidents represented institutions with which WC and SGC have a current
partnership or which serve as neighboring institutions. The meeting was
spent sharing the goals and timeline for consolidation as well as discussing
potential ways the consolidation could enhance educational opportunities in
the region. Dr. Wilson summarized the meeting by stating, “The meeting was a
great opportunity for us to update our colleagues and work together to
develop ideas for additional ways to strengthen our relationships.”
Later that day, Dr. Carson, chair of the Transition Team, led the second
meeting of the group. The committee is made up of representatives from both
SGC and WC and includes faculty, staff, alumni, students, the Foundation and
Ms. Shelley Nickel, Associate Vice Chancellor of the University System of
Georgia, was in attendance to provide further guidance on the consolidation
efforts. Ms. Nickel thanked the committee for serving and reminded each team
member to remember the new institution will be greater than the sum of its
parts. She went on to say, “The work of consolidating institutions is
complex, and I want to let you know I and the entire USG system staff
appreciates your willingness to serve and your desire to help further higher
education in our state.”
During the meeting, updates were given by each of the seven working group
chairs covering the topics of administrative and academic affairs,
enrollment management, facilities, fiscal affairs, external affairs and
information technology. In addition, a draft of the new mission was
discussed along with progress on the joint Complete College Georgia plan
which is due in July and information about the SACS Commission on Colleges
prospectus due in October. Dr. Carson states, “I am happy to report that the
consolidation committee is making solid progress on this very complex issue.
We are where we need to be at this point in the process, and we are
continuing to carefully consider the strengths of both institutions and
communities.” Dr. Wilson added, “This committee and these two colleges are
committed to making this a smooth transition and a win-win for our
The next Transition Team meeting is scheduled for May 15, 2012 on the campus
of Waycross College.
SGC Consolidation Presidents
|On April 3, SGC President Dr. Virginia Carson and Waycross
College Interim President Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson visited with the
presidents from colleges and universities from across the region on
the SGC campus. Pictured from left are: Carl McDonald, SGC Vice
President for Academic Affairs; Everette J. Freeman, Albany State
University; Kendall A. Blanchard, Georgia Southwestern State
University; Virginia Carson, South Georgia State College; David C.
Bridges, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; Shelley Nickel,
University System of Georgia Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning
and Implementation; Valerie Hepburn, College of Coastal Georgia;
Mary Ellen Wilson, Waycross College; Glenn Deibert, Okefenokee
Technical College; Linda Bleicken, Armstrong Atlantic State
University; and Louis H. Levy, Valdosta State University.
|SGC Consolidation Team
|Following the meeting with the presidents of area colleges, Drs.
Carson and Wilson, along with Nickel, met with the Transition Team
to further discuss the consolidation process.
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About South Georgia State College
South Georgia State College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.