January 11, 2017
To the Armstrong Community:
Earlier today, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved a plan to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. Please see the official USG press release and the FAQ from the University System of Georgia providing additional details.
I know change can be stressful, but I am confident that the demonstrated strength and resilience of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni will be key to our success. We will work with our counterparts at Georgia Southern to create an institution that will serve the growing needs of students across the region and combine the synergistic strengths of two award-winning public institutions.
Here are a few important facts to keep in mind:
- The consolidation process will take approximately 18 months and will be a joint effort led by representatives from both Armstrong and Georgia Southern.
- The new, consolidated institution will be called Georgia Southern University, with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville.
- At the completion of the process, Dr. Jaimie L. Hebert, the current Georgia Southern president, will serve as the president of the combined institution.
- A Consolidation Implementation Committee, comprised of representatives from both institutions, will be formed in the coming weeks and will be charged with managing the strategic details involved in combining both universities.
- Smaller work groups will be created and will make recommendations about how to combine operational and academic areas most effectively.
In addition, a new consolidation.armstrong.edu website will provide timely information and updates for faculty, staff, and students at both institutions, as well as community members in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. The site will include an FAQ, which will be expanded as questions arise throughout the consolidation process.
In an effort to answer your consolidation-related questions and to listen to your concerns, President Hebert and I will host a Town Hall Meeting at Armstrong on Thursday, January 19 at 4:30 p.m. inFine Arts Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome to attend. Your feedback is extremely important, which is why the Town Hall event will be livestreamed online for anyone who cannot attend in person. Earlier on January 19, I will travel to Georgia Southern in Statesboro for a Town Hall meeting with President Hebert, which will also be livestreamed.
The coming months will be challenging, but through collaborative effort, we can work together to ensure a smooth transition. I hope to see you at the Town Hall Meeting.
Linda M. Bleicken