The legacy for three of Georgia’s 10 historically black colleges and universities may turn a new direction with a proposal to consolidate the schools into a new state system.
Georgia legislature is pushing the proposal of Savannah State, Albany State, and Ft. Valley State Universities becoming one conjoined HBCU under the name Georgia Agricultural and Mechanical University (Georgia A&M).
The rich history that is associated with all historically black colleges and universities is one of the most important components for any prospective student. With the push of the merger, opponents say it could turn future students away.
Senator Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) said that the merger of the three universities could help enrollment numbers and help garner additional resources.
The Senate Bill did not reach the 2019 session due to five senators withdrawing from the controversial bill. The bill is expected to be reintroduced in January of next year.
Savannah State, Albany State and Ft. Valley State, (along with all HBCU’s,) all possess a legacy worth sustaining. This is the opportunity to protect the legacy of the next generation of leaders.