ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany State University’s (ASU) president released a statement Tuesday in response to a House representative’s opposition to Senate Bills 273 and 278.
Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), also dean of the Georgia House, wrote a letter to Steve Wrigley, University System of Georgia (USG) chancellor, strongly opposing the bills.
ASU President Marion Ross Fredrick issued a statement in response to Symre’s opposition of the bills.
Wrigley issued a response to Smyre’s letter on Wednesday.
“We agree with your position,” Wrigley wrote in a letter. “The Board is committed to our HBCUs and their important role in the University System of Georgia. In fact, the three HBCUs play critical roles in our system, in their respective regions and across the state of Georgia. It’s mutually beneficial to both USG and the institutions to have our HBCUs fully engaged in system initiatives to raise graduation rates, maintain affordability and increase efficiency.”