Dr. Arthur Dunning has been named as the permanent president of Albany State University.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Consolidation teams from Albany State University and Darton State College will head to Atlanta Wednesday for their first meeting on the college merger. The 20 person teams are made up of faculty, students, and administrators.
This meeting will be the first time these teams will get specific instructions on what the Chancellor expects from them as they move forward with this process to merge the two schools.
They are signs, literally, that changes are coming as Albany State University and Darton State College merge to form what's being dubbed by university officials as the "new" ASU.
There are still hundreds of decisions to be made during this process, but to get the ball rolling, a consolidation team from each school will head to Atlanta.
ASU President Dr. Art Dunning hopes to get clear direction from the chancellor on what needs to happen. "What I hope is that we have some understanding, very detailed, about what success looks like, what the expectation will be, so that when we are working here in Albany, we will know the sort of bench mark we must hit to make this a success."
Dunning says under the consolidation teams, several work groups will be formed to address all the decisions that need to be made down the road. He says they tried to appoint people they thought would have a global perspective, and work for the benefit of everyone.
"I know at Albany State we've tried to get people who can think beyond themselves. Who can think beyond their discipline, beyond their institution, to look at Southwest Georgia, and Albany Georgia."
They'll also look at academic programs that could benefit this region. "We lose a lot of young folks that we educate. They'll go other places for work. We need to figure out a way to create industries and relationships where those young folks stay."
Dunning will head up the consolidation teams. He also said although there is not another town hall meeting scheduled, he would like to host another one to keep the community informed on what's happening.