ASU President Art Dunning to retire

ASU President Art Dunning to retire
ASU President Dr. Art Dunning (Source: WALB)
Marion Fedrick (Source: Albany State University)
Marion Fedrick (Source: Albany State University)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University President Arthur (Art) Dunning has announced he plans to retire next year at the end of January.

Dunning was appointed as the interim president of Albany State University in 2013 and then named president by the Board of Regents in 2015.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the president of Albany State University during such a pivotal time in the institution's history, said Dunning. Albany State University is an integral part of the Southwest region of Georgia, and the dedicated faculty and staff of this institution, along with strong partners in the community, have given countless hours to create the new university. To build on this effort and to stay the course with consolidation, I have asked Chancellor Steve Wrigley to initiate a complete review of Albany State. This review will identify and take action steps necessary during my transition to position the new Albany State to serve generations to come.
President Dunning has contributed a lifetime of service to public higher education in the State of Georgia in addition to leading the consolidation of the new Albany State University, said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. President Dunning has impacted so many lives for the better, serving as a veteran administrator, scholar and lecturer. Thanks to Dr. Dunning's vision and leadership, we will continue the momentum of the consolidation of the new Albany State University, which is so critical to the future of the Southwest region of Georgia. On behalf of the University System, we are grateful to Art for his commitment to Albany State's students, the surrounding community and the state.

Members of the school and the community are now reacting to the announcement of President Dunning leaving ASU.

"He understood what business leaders wanted, he understood what the commission needed, he understands downtown, he understood downtown marketing. And I hope they can take up what he started," said Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher.

Albany State also announced that Marion Fredrick will lead the search for the next president of the university.

Marion Fedrick joined the University System of Georgia in 2012 to be the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. The Vice Chancellor for Human Resources is responsible for directing the development and administration of the strategies, plans, policies and programs targeted at maximizing employee effectiveness in contributing to the Board of Regents' objectives.

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