ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Board of Regents approved a new mission statement for the new Albany State University and it's raising some eyebrows. It makes no mention of ASU's legacy as a historically black college.
The new mission statement focuses on inclusiveness. It does not point out Albany State's Historically Black College Status, but the officials who created it say it doesn't take away from ASU's historic roots.
Albany State Student Edward Carter says he was disappointed when he read the new mission statement for Albany State University.
"Whoever came up with the decision is not recognizing Albany State and what it prides itself in and that's being a Historically Black College," said Edward Carter, Student.
The old mission statement clearly defines the HBCU status and officials say the new one doesn't diminish that.
"We are very mindful about the historic missions of both of the institutions," said Wendy Wilson, Special Assistant to the President. "There is no rewriting history we can't do that. We're very proud of both of the histories."
For nearly two months officials worked on the mission statement.
"We were very intentional and methodical if you will when we sat down with representatives from both of the institutions and mapped out this new mission statement," said Wilson.
They also got input from the Student Government Associations at both institutions who sit on the Consolidation Implementation Committee.
"So it's important in the spirit of inclusiveness and as we take a more global and intentional approach in terms of how we recruit and how we educate students across the board," said Wilson.
Wilson says the HBCU status remains and so will the funding.
"It's still the founding principal," said Wilson. "There's no way to get around that and why would anybody want to do that. We're very proud of that."
Carter is fearful the new mission statement will overshadow the school's origin.
"It kind of takes away the historic point from Albany State and how it all began," said Carter.
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