Valdosta - Chancellor Tom Meredith and members of the Board of Regents get a taste of South Georgia at Valdosta State University. "I'm very impressed with this region, this college, and what the university is doing for all of South Georgia," said Meredith.
Each year, the Board meets on two Georgia campuses. The University of Georgia and Valdosta State University were selected as this year's sites. "This really gives us a chance to spotlight our campus to these important leaders," said VSU President Ronald Zaccari.
And the Regents came with good news. VSU's office of Information Technology received a "Best Practices" award for a computer-based strategic planning and budget program. That brings $10,000.00 to the university at a time when budget cuts are steep. "Our colleges are really hurting," said Meredith. "Each institution will have to make the adjustments that best suit them, but we're probably going to see some enrollment caps and the elimination of some staff positions."
The trip to VSU also gives the Regents an idea of the university's needs list. "We've talked about our famous parking situation, the need for new pedestrian walkways, new residence halls, and a variety of our needs," said Zaccari.
President Zaccari hopes the Board of Regents' visit will bring financial and educational support to the university, and help with growth in the future.