Regents approve names for new institutions

Written by  Tuesday, 08 May 2012 16:49

The consolidation of eight University System of Georgia colleges and universities into four new institutions took another step forward today with Board of Regents’ actions on new mission statements for all four new entities and the approval of name changes for two.


The board approved the name University of North Georgia for the new institution created through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega and Gainesville State College.


The consolidation of Middle Georgia College in Cochran and Macon State College resulted in the board’s approval of an action plan that addresses the eventual move of the new institution from college to university status. As the first step of that plan, the regents approved the name Middle Georgia State College.


“This is another milestone in the road to full consolidation,” Shelley Nickel, associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation, said in presenting the proposed names and mission statements to the regents. “The mission statements are really the foundation that is essential for all future work as the consolidation moves forward. These statements will be the guide that the campus implementation teams follow in creating four new institutions focused on expanding opportunities for students and strengthening our ability to serve these students.”


The name changes were the result of work on the four campuses to solicit suggestions and feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community. The campus implementation teams then analyzed and tabulated the feedback to determine the recommended names that should be submitted to the regents for approval, Nickel said.


“Names are critical,” said Nickel. “They establish the identity and set the tone for the new institution. As such, the names represent a tremendous amount of work and the involvement of a very broad spectrum of stakeholders. The implementation teams are to be commended for their very open and inclusive work.”


Along with the new names, mission statements for the four new institutions will be effective upon both approval and accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Board of Regents approval in January 2013.


Name changes for the remaining two new institutions created by the consolidation of Augusta State University with Georgia Health Sciences University and that of South Georgia College in Douglas and Waycross College, will be submitted for board approval later this year.


Like the name changes, the mission statements are the result of work by the campus implementation teams and have been endorsed by the relevant campus groups and the institutional presidents. The mission statements reflect the future scope of the new institutions’ teaching and service efforts, and where appropriate, any research programs.


The mission change for the new Middle Georgia State College also includes a resolution to move the institution from its current status as a state college with a primary two-year college access mission with a limited number of bachelor’s degrees to a university offering graduate degrees. Under this resolution, the regents approved a timetable for the move to university status in June 2014. This would result in one final name change to reflect the institution’s new university status.


The consolidation process is the initiative of USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby, who envisions consolidation as an important part of his program to create greater efficiencies in the System’s operations while enhancing academic opportunities for students.


When he announced the consolidation plan in January, Huckaby said, “Georgia needs more of its citizens completing some level of postsecondary education. But we have to achieve this goal by considering some different approaches – approaches that put the needs of our students and the imperative to reach this goal first and foremost.”


A full review of the mission and name changes can be accessed beginning on page 5 of the May board meeting agenda at:

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Login to post comments
Partly cloudy



Partly cloudy
Humidity: 56%
Wind: ENE at 5 mph
Partly cloudy
72°F / 95°F
PM Thunderstorms
73°F / 95°F
Scattered thunderstorms
72°F / 93°F
Scattered thunderstorms
71°F / 90°F

Popular News

About Us

Georgia Eagle Media is home to six unique radio stations and with more than 330,000 people in our listening area, GEM can give your business the biggest bang for your advertising buck.


Georgia Eagle Media, Inc. Recruitment and EEO Information for

Studios in Statesboro and Sylvania, Georgia November 1, 2012-October 31, 2013
If you or your organization would like to receive information about employment opportunities with
Georgia Eagle Media, Inc. Statesboro and Sylvania based stations, please provide us with the name,
mailing address, e-mail address (if applicable), telephone number, fax number, and contact person
and identify the category or categories of vacancies for which you would like information:

Georgia Eagle Media, Inc. 561 E Olliff St Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 764-5446
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Georgia Eagle Media, Inc. has in place a policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all
qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age,
disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Georgia Eagle Media, Inc. owns seven Statesboro/Sylvania based radio stations that employ seven
full-time employees and four part- time employees for this cluster of stations.

Between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013, Georgia Eagle Media radio stations in Statesboro
filled one full-time (30 or more hours per week) position.