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Albany- Students at Albany State University pay tribute to one of their mentors. President Dr. Portia Shields is leaving ASU to work for the Board of Regents.

Students held a special send off to what they called "An Era of Excellence." Many clubs and student organizations said thank you by presenting Shields with a gift. Students say she will be missed.

"She's been very active with the students, you can walk around campus and see her actually on the campus. She's always there to give me that friendly smile or just a helping hand whatever she can do for you, she's always there to do it for you," said Freshman Charmaine Simmons.

"I'm going to miss this school so much. As I said, I don't know if I'm going to be able to go and not come back. I'm going to try and do that and let the next President take his turn or take her turn and do the best they can with it," said Dr. Portia Shields, outgoing President.

Dr. Shields has served as the President at ASU for the last nine years. Her last day on campus will be June 15th.

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