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ABAC names new Interim President

September 15, 2004

Tifton -- A growing South Georgia college has a new leader.

Mike Volume is leaving Abraham Baldwin College to take a job with the state now the school has a new interim president.

Tom Call will be first to admit that filling the shoes of past ABAC president Mike Volume will be a tough job.

"He is a tough act to follow, but as I keep saying fortunately he's left us in good shape," says Call.

Such good shape, that when Call took the job of Interim President after 20 years on the faculty, he decided that he will focus on building the strengths the college already has.

"The biggie is the 32 million dollar housing project. Our facilities has been upgrade dramatically. ABAC is in good shape academically."

But while Call paves the way for new leadership at ABAC he will also have to make some tough decisions.

The school is facing it's fourth straight year of budget cuts. This year they'll have to trim about $500,000.

"Approximately 80% to 90% of our total budget is in people and there is not a lot else to cut else where."

But overall Call says he'll work hard to keep all of the faculty and staff in place and he's ready for the challenges ahead.

He hopes while the college searches for a permanent president, he'll be able to leave a positive mark on the campus and the student body.

Call is not in the running for the to fill the ABAC presidency. The college hopes to find a permanent president in the next year.

posted at 5:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com