ASU president responds to state representative’s opposition of HBCU bills
University System of Georgia responds back to criticism
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.
[ Senate Bill 273 states that ASU is one of three historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, that would all be under one uniform name. Senate Bill 278 states that the three HBCUs would keep their names but operate under a new system. ]
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.”
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