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Students express thoughts on possible ASU, Darton merger

Jerry Wright, ASU Student Jerry Wright, ASU Student
Maliya Mcleod, Darton Student Maliya Mcleod, Darton Student
Bruce Lee, ASU Student Bruce Lee, ASU Student
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You'll get a chance to give your opinion on a plan to combine Albany State University and Darton State College.
The University System will schedule campus and community listening sessions soon on the controversial proposal unveiled this afternoon.

Albany State and Darton State could become one and students have different opinions about the proposed merger.

"Well it could be a good thing, but I honestly think it'll be bad considering the fact that it may affect the HBCU status of the University,” said Jerry Wright, ASU Student.

 "I really don't see a problem with it,” said Maliya Mcleod, Darton Student. “I feel like some people have a problem with it because they probably don't want to lose their HBCU."

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby says the merger would increase educational attainment levels and student success, save money, and transform how the University system impacts Southwest Georgia.

"It helps out the students and everybody can come together and be able to work out and one school can offer one thing that another school might not offer,” said Bruce Lee, ASU Student.

"Sports, maybe different majors because they don't have Dental hygiene that's why I came here,” said Mcleod.  

The consolidated university would have an enrollment of about 9,000.  

"It makes it so students can get their classes every semester,” said Lee.

The school's name would be Albany State University with Interim ASU President Art Dunning as President. Darton Interim President Dr. Paul Jones would become president at Fort Valley State University. Huckaby says the merger would build on Albany State's HBCU mission along with increasing diversity.

"I mean it does bring diversity to the school but it can actually hinder the school as well as far as the tradition and lifestyle that goes on here on campus,” said Wright.

Huckaby will present his plan to the Board of Regents at a meeting on Tuesday. 

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