The Board of Regents’ January meeting was canceled as a result of a severe winter storm.
“University System Will Meet Its Mission in Tough Budget Year”
Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. in his final “State of the System” address noted that the people in the University System of Georgia and the students enrolled at the 35 colleges and universities are the constant that provide it strength and stability during a trying economic period in the System’s 79-year history.
“They have remained focused on our mission and on why we are here under some extremely trying conditions,” Davis said in remarks to the Board of Regents today.
Eschewing a more traditional set of remarks that reviews the past year, Davis focused on the challenges facing the regents and the University System with an expected 10 percent additional reduction in state appropriations over the current and upcoming fiscal years.
The two greatest, immediate challenges facing the System are, Davis outlined, declining state resources (a net $500 million reduction in state funding from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2012) and rising enrollments (up a projected 37,000 students over this same time period).
While the current budget situation is difficult, Davis in his remarks was more upbeat, noting that these two challenges are, like the variables in any science experiment, subject to change and improvement as the economy recovers. He noted that he shared the “unbounded optimism of Americans for the future” and pledged the System would harness all of its resources, “this board, our presidents, and the great intellectual capital in our institutions, to serve this state.” Davis said that despite the challenges, “we are resolute in fulfilling our core missions of teaching, research, and service. Let no one doubt this: we have managed and will continue to manage this economic situation with a sense of purpose and with a growing set of skills.”
The goal this year is to lay the groundwork with the General Assembly for next year, Davis said, when “we absolutely must return to a renewed commitment to continue the historic investment Georgia has made in public higher education.”
The governor’s budget recommendations for the System in fiscal year 2012 did not include any of the $177 million generated by enrollment growth. “The current budget must be a one-time, special circumstance,” Davis said.
The critical need to resume funding for enrollment growth will help the System in efforts to ensure a supply of college graduates once the economic recovery takes hold, Davis said. He cited U.S. Labor Department statistics on the difference between unemployment rates for those with less than a high school diploma – 14.2 percent – and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher – 4.2 percent.
“Once the recovery is fully in place, there is a strong case to be made that those with postsecondary education will be the ones filling the jobs of tomorrow in this country,” Davis said. “That is the future and our mission is to prepare individuals for it.”
The University System of Georgia is comprised of an 18-member Board of Regents, appointed by the Governor, and 35 colleges and universities, employing approximately 42,000 faculty and staff and serving in fall 2010, 311,000 students with a total annual budget from all funding sources of $6.5 billion.
Benjamin “Ben” J. Tarbutton III has been elected by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) during its Feb. monthly meeting to serve as the 18-member body’s vice chair. Tarbutton will serve out the term of former Vice Chair Felton Jenkins, who passed away in January.
As vice chair of the board, Tarbutton will support current chair Willis Potts. Both Potts and Tarbutton will serve in their respective position through the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2011.
Prior to his election as vice chair, Tarbutton has served most recently as chair of the regents’ Business and Finance Committee, which oversees all financial operations of the University System. He also has served as chair of both the Committee on Real Estate and Facilities and the Committee on Academic Affairs. In addition he serves on the search committee currently seeking the USG’s next chancellor and has served on numerous presidential search committees and other board standing committees.
The Chancellor Search Committee met in early March and interviewed multiple candidates from around the nation. The holding of these interviews completes the work of the search committee, and all further search efforts will be conducted by the full Board of Regents. The Board of Regents will interview in mid April three of the candidates identified and interviewed by the search committee. Following these interviews, the board will announce a list of up to three finalists for the chancellor position.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and Board of Regents member Donald M. Leebern Jr. were among the University System of Georgia (USG) faculty, alumni and supporters honored at the Seventh Annual Regents’ Awards for Excellence in Education Celebration.
The University System of Georgia Foundation Awards for Excellence Celebration, held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, supports need-based and merit-based scholarship programs for USG students. The event attracted approximately 900 of Georgia’s higher education leaders and supporters and elected officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal. The USG Foundation raised more than $1 million this year, and 73 students are attending USG institutions with the aid of foundation scholarships. Two of these students, Adam Jeb Dills of Gordon College and Jessica Hicks of Kennesaw State University, brought greetings during the celebration. Leebern was selected as the 7th recipient of the Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the longest serving regent and USG Foundation trustee Elridge McMillan. Earlier this year, Regent Felton Jenkins Jr. died, and to honor his educational service, the Regents’ Hall of Fame Faculty Award was renamed “The Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award.”
“The state, the University System, students and parents all continue to see very tight budgets and our tuition proposal reflects these realities. We wanted a balanced strategy that meets the academic needs of our students while maintaining access and affordability. As we have over the last three years, the System will offset the gap between revenues and expenditures with additional and pervasive cost-cutting measures at all institutions.” USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr
The Board of Regents approved an across the board tuition increase of just three percent, well below what had been predicted and the 35 percent increase that would have been needed to completely make up for budget shortfalls to the System. As a continuing tool to help preserve academic quality and access, the board also voted to increase a special institutional fee that was implemented two years ago. Tuition will not increase for the approximately 45,000 students who are still on the Board’s discontinued Guaranteed Tuition Plan; however, these students will pay the special institutional fee.
The three percent tuition increase means that for the four research universities (Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia), undergraduate tuition this fall will be $3,641 per semester, an increase of $106 from fall 2010.
A number of USG institutions have specialized missions and tuition rates. At Columbus State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, North Georgia College & State University, Valdosta State University and the University of West Georgia, students will pay $2,367 per semester, an increase of $69. Tuition will be $2,564 this fall at Southern Polytechnic State University, an increase of $75, and at Georgia College & State University $3,236, a $94 increase.
Undergraduate tuition at all other state universities will increase by $64 to $2,201 per semester. This includes Albany State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, and Savannah State University.
Undergraduate tuition at the state colleges will increase $41, to $1,388 per semester, including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), the College of Coastal Georgia, Dalton State College, Gainesville State College, Gordon College, Macon State College and Middle Georgia College. Tuition at Georgia Gwinnett College will be $1,648 per semester this fall, a $48 increase.
Tuition at the two-year colleges will be $1,235, a $36 increase from fall 2009. This includes Atlanta Metropolitan College, Bainbridge College, Darton College, East Georgia College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Perimeter College, South Georgia College and Waycross College.
The special institutional fee will increase from $200 to $450 per semester at Georgia State, Georgia Health Sciences Univ. and UGA. The previously approved $200 special institutional fee at Georgia Tech will increase to $550 per semester.
At the other four-year institutions, the special institutional fee will increase from $150 to $250 per semester, and at the two-year institutions, from $100 to $200 per semester. The exceptions are Georgia Gwinnett and Coastal Georgia, where the special institutional fee will increase to $250 per semester.
Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, associate provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Georgia since 2006, was named to serve as interim president of Savannah State University (SSU), effective May 9, 2011. Dozier will step in as interim president for current SSU president Dr. Earl G. Yarbrough Sr., who served from July 2007 and who was not reappointed.
Board of Regents Chair Willis Potts announced today that Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby is the finalist for the position of chancellor of the University System of Georgia.
The Board of Regents selected Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby, a Georgia native who has a long association with the University System and who currently serves as a state representative, to be the finalist for the job of leading the USG’s 35 colleges and universities, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Georgia Public Library System.
In Nov. 2010, the regents launched a national search to replace Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., who announced last fall his plans to retire as of June 30, 2011.
The Board will conduct a meeting to formally act on its recommendation at a date on or after the 14-day period as required by law from today’s announcement.
Dr. Louis H. Levy has been named as the interim president for Valdosta State University, effective, July 1, 2011, following an announcement by President Patrick Schloss that he would be stepping down from that role.
Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson, currently vice president for academic affairs at Middle Georgia College (MGC) in Cochran was named to serve as the interim president at Waycross College. Wilson’s appointment, effective July 1, 2011, follows Waycross College President David A. Palmer’s recent announcement that he is retiring effective June 30, 2011. Dr. Palmer has served the University System of Georgia in this role since 2006.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten, president, Collier County Campus of Edison State College in Naples, Fl., as the sixth president of Macon State College in Macon. Allbritten will assume his post on July 1, 2011. He will replace Macon State College President Dr. David A. Bell, who will step down as president, effective June 30, 2011. Dr. Bell has served Macon State College in this role since 1997.
Henry Huckaby to serve as 12th Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
As anticipated with its previous announcement of Henry “Hank” M. Huckaby as the lone finalist for the job, the Board of Regents named him as the chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia. The regents made their decision in a special called meeting on May 6th. Huckaby, 69, will take up his duties as the System’s 12th chancellor on July 1, 2011, following the June 30 retirement of current Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.
Four of the University System of Georgia’s current two-year colleges are set to offer limited bachelor’s degree programs, following approval by the Board of Regents to change their institutional mission to that of a “state college.” The four institutions are Darton College in Albany, Georgia Highlands College in Rome, and in metropolitan Atlanta, both Atlanta Metropolitan College and Georgia Perimeter College.
The state college sector was established in 1998 and categorizes two-year, associate-degree granting institutions that have been authorized by the Board to offer a limited number of four-year baccalaureate degree programs. The University System’s other institutional categories are: research universities, regional universities, state universities, and two-year colleges. With today’s actions, there are now 12 USG institutions in the state college sector.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Bonita Jacobs, executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at the University of North Texas in Denton, president of North Georgia College & State University. Jacobs will assume her post on July 1, 2011. She will replace North Georgia President David Potter, who in September 2010 announced his retirement. Dr. Potter has served as president of North Georgia since January 1, 2005.
Tarbutton and NeSmith elected to chair and vice-chair for six month terms as Board’s bylaws change. Terms will now run on calendar year.
The board elected Regent Benjamin “Ben” J. Tarbutton III to a six-month term as the board’s Chair. Tarbutton will serve as board chair from July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. The board also elected Regent William “Dink” H. NeSmith Jr. to a six-month term as the board’s vice chair. NeSmith will serve as board vice chair from July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. At the April board meeting, the Regents voted to change the board’s bylaws so that the terms of the board’s chair and vice chair will run on the calendar year instead of the state’s fiscal year, which is July 1 through the following June 30. The new format will take affect January 1, 2012.
Chancellor-designate Hank Huckaby named Dr. Steve W. Wrigley as executive vice chancellor for administration for the University System of Georgia, effective July 1, 2011. Wrigley will have responsibility for a number of departments that will be defined once Huckaby assumes the chancellorship. Wrigley is currently interim vice president for Public Service and Outreach as well as vice president for government relations for the University of Georgia. He is a veteran of state government under former Gov. Zell Miller. Wrigley takes over from Rob Watts, who will continue to work for the immediate future with Wrigley and others during Huckaby’s transition as the new USG chancellor.
Chancellor-designate Hank Huckaby named John Brown as vice chancellor for Fiscal Affairs for the University System of Georgia, effective July 1, 2011. Brown will be responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the University System, including its annual budget. Brown has served the State of Georgia for more than 26 years with a focus on budget and finance. His most recent service has been in the Georgia House of Representatives as director of the House Budget Office, from 2005 to present. Brown replaced Usha Ramachandran, who is joining the faculty in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
Dr. David Morgan was named as the interim executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, serving as the chief academic officer for the System’s 35 public colleges and universities. He replaces Dr. Susan Herbst, who is the new president of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs. The announcement was made by Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. and had the support of Chancellor-designate Hank Huckaby.
Dr. Stas Preczewski , vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College was named to serve as interim president at Georgia College & State University. Preczewski’s appointment, effective July 1, 2011, follows GCSU President Dr. Dorothy Leland’s appointment as president of the University of California, Merced. Dr. Leland has served in her position since January 1, 2004.
Even during tough economic conditions Georgia’s public university system remains a powerful economic engine for the state as chronicled in a newly released report. The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business found that the University System of Georgia (USG) had a $12.6 billion economic impact on the state’s economy during Fiscal Year 2010. The FY 2010 output impact of USG Institutions on their regional economies was essentially flat compared to FY 2009, reflecting both lower spending by USG institutions on operations and consequently smaller levels of spending by vendors and business that service the System’s 35 institutions. But, the overall employment impact increased substantially, reflecting higher enrollments, more spending by students in labor-intensive economic sectors, and higher overall employment multipliers.
The Board took action to change the institutional missions of two of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) current two-year colleges – South Georgia College in Douglas and East Georgia College in Swainsboro – to that of a “state college” will allow them to offer limited bachelor’s degree programs.The board’s action follows the regents approval in May of state college mission status for Darton College in Albany, Georgia Highlands College in Rome, and in metropolitan Atlanta, both Atlanta Metropolitan College and Georgia Perimeter College.
The Board approved a policy change designed to further enhance postsecondary completion in Georgia. The change will allow additional courses from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to transfer to all of the USG’s 35 degree-granting institutions.
New Chancellor Promises To Focus On Performance, Partnerships And Value
Higher education is critical to Georgia’s economic prosperity and the success of individuals, and so the public rightfully has high expectations of the University System of Georgia said Chancellor Hank Huckaby in his first report to the System’s governing Board of Regents. He outlined three broad areas of focus as chancellor: performance, partnerships, and advocacy for the true value of higher education.
In the area of performance, Huckaby promised that everything the University System undertakes, from academic programs to buildings, is going to receive a higher level of scrutiny. A key shift of focus related to performance will be from growth to results. Huckaby said the focus would intensify in the System on improving the retention, progression and graduation of more students.
Increasing Georgia’s postsecondary attainment levels also is dependent upon how well Georgia’s educational agencies work together, Huckaby said, his second area of focus. The System’s upcoming work with the Technical College System of Georgia to ensure students can move easily between the two systems and his service on the Governor’s State Education Finance Study Commission that is reviewing K-12 funding were both cited by the chancellor as examples of the type of partnerships needed to improve educational outcomes.
While Huckaby listed the continuous advocacy for the true value of higher education as his third area of focus, the chancellor clearly placed this very high on his priorities for the System. Huckaby said that more can and will be done by the System to spur the state’s economic recovery, again citing the need for stronger partnerships with other state agencies charged with economic development.
John Brown, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs, was named today as the treasurer for the University System’s governing body, the Board of Regents, effective immediately. Brown will continue his current responsibilities overseeing the System’s financial affairs, as well as the duties of board treasurer. The 18-member board voted to make Brown treasurer following the departure in June of the former treasurer, Usha Ramachandran.
The president of Gainesville State College, Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt, will retire effective June 30, 2012. Nesbitt served the University System in that capacity since 1997.
The president of Augusta State University, Dr. William A. Bloodworth, Jr., will retire effective June 30, 2012. Bloodworth served the University System in that capacity since 1993.
Chancellor’s three initiatives include:
- Assessing the potential for campus consolidations
- Conducting a system wide space utilization study
- Overseeing the earliest stages of facilities design
In remarks to the System’s governing Board of Regents, Huckaby said it is clear from his meetings with legislators, business leaders and others that today is a new era in which the good stewardship of state resources means fundamental changes in how the University System operates.
Therefore, Huckaby announced plans to look at the System’s 35 campuses to assess if any campus consolidations can better control costs while meeting the System’s teaching, research and service missions. Huckaby said he recognizes that a consolidation study is a significant step for the System with the potential for far-reaching changes. He promised a deliberate and objective review with substantial input and said that no plans have been made for specific institutional consolidation.
The other two initiatives the chancellor announced relate to the System’s process for identifying and constructing facilities on the campuses. Currently, the USG owns more than 3,100 buildings totaling more than 66 million square feet, valued at more than $10.5 billion. One initiative will be a study of how space in the USG is utilized.
The third initiative deals with the design of buildings by requiring architects to meet with the chancellor’s senior staff and the System Facilities Office before any design work is undertaken to “ensure that we all share the same philosophy about a building’s character, its functionality, and the materials used in it,” said Huckaby.
For the full text of Chancellor Huckaby’s remarks, please see: http://www.usg.edu/chancellor/speeches/chancellor_huckabys_report_to_the_board_of_regents/
Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced that the University System of Georgia (USG) is embarking on a national search to fill the position of executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer (EVC/CAO). This is a senior leadership position that reports directly to the Chancellor. Dr. David Morgan has been serving as the interim EVC/CAO at the University System Office in Atlanta since July 1. The chancellor appointed Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, to chair the search committee, along with eight other committee members from USG institutions and the System Office.
New dollars totaling $102.6 million to support continued enrollment growth in the University System of Georgia (USG) and a $7.2 million plan to further expand medical education are the highlights of a fiscal year 2013 (FY13) budget request approved by the Board of Regents.
The regents’ request totals $1.85 billion, in addition to a separate $298.3 million request for needed facilities. Along with the request for new dollars, the regents also approved a two percent budget reduction plan, as instructed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
The regents also approved a FY13 capital budget request of $298.3 million, which includes $11.1 million in equipment for six new facilities under construction, $206.1 million in new construction or renovation for six projects, and $50 million for major repair and renovation funds at all 35 campuses. The request also includes $15 million in construction for five System projects and $16.1 million in construction for 10 Georgia Public Library System projects.
Jon Sizemore was named interim assistant vice chancellor for Distance Education for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He will be responsible for directing the System’s strategic planning and implementation of distance education initiatives. Sizemore served as director of eLearning at Valdosta State University, a post he held since 2005. In this position, he provided leadership and oversight for all online courses and classroom instructional technology in use at the 13,000-student campus. Prior to his work at Valdosta State, Sizemore served from 1999 through 2005 as the assistant director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning at Darton College.
The acknowledged founder of the “microcredit” concept, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, was the featured speaker at a daylong economic development conference hosted by the University System of Georgia. The “Social Business and Microcredit” conference was held on October 17 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center. The conference also showcased business proposals by USG students to address a number of social issues facing Georgia communities.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Max Burns, dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega since 2008, as the third president of Gordon College. Burns will assume his post on January 1, 2012.
Rob Watts, Watts will assume the presidency beginning Jan. 1, 2012, following the retirement of current president Randy Pierce. Watts previously served as Georgia Highlands’ (then named Floyd College) interim president from 2000 until the appointment of Pierce in 2001.
He is focusing the System on three long-term strategies: performance, partnerships and value. “The goal is not merely to have more. It is also to be more. The University System will be the state’s most powerful economic asset.” View the full text of the Chancellor’s remarks.
Henry “Hank” Huckaby was formally invested today as the University System of Georgia’s 12th chancellor, pledging to dignitaries and guests to help effect a transformation to a more highly educated Georgia and thanking them for the opportunity to lead the System.
The investiture ceremony took place in the historic House of Representatives Chamber at the state capitol in Atlanta. Gov. Nathan Deal conducted the formal investiture ceremony of the chancellor.
According to the USG’s fall semester enrollment report, 318,027 students are attending college – an increase of 6,585 students, or 2.1 percent, from fall 2010 to fall 2011. The numbers were released in the System’s fall semester enrollment report, which tracks enrollment in the System by individual institution and other factors such as race, gender, age, resident and non-Georgia resident and class (freshmen, etc.) The report offers a detailed view over time of how the student body in System has grown and changed.
The USG Fall 2011 Enrollment Report is available at: http://www.usg.edu/research/students/enroll/fy2012/fall_ser_2011.pdf
The six principles that will be utilized in assessing potential consolidations are:
The assessment will result in possible recommendations to the Board and will be accomplished over the next several months.
Acting on a charge from Gov. Nathan Deal, the Board of Regents approved a draft plan that commits the University System’s 35 institutions to increase college completion. The plan also outlines a new agreement with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) aimed at improving students’ ability to move between the two systems and earn degrees.
The plan calls for cooperation and lays the groundwork in three areas: (1) create new forms of collaboration and accountability among organizations responsible for or reliant on higher education, (2) continue to work with the Georgia Department of Education to increase the number of college-ready students graduating from high school, and (3) reevaluate and envision anew the performance of completion-related aspects of higher education.
One of the key features of the plan is a new articulation agreement between the university and technical college systems that will go into effect in Jan. 2012. Under the agreement, opportunities for students to complete degrees will expand. Key points in the agreement include:
The Board of Regents, the 18-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, elected Regent Benjamin “Ben” J. Tarbutton III to a one-year term as the Board’s Chair at their November 9 meeting. They also elected Regent William “Dink” H. NeSmith Jr. to a one-year term as the Board’s Vice Chair.
Robert G. Boehmer, associate provost for academic planning at the University of Georgia, was named to serve as interim president at East Georgia College effective January 1, 2012. Boehmer’s appointmen follows East Georgia College President John Black’s recent announcement that he is retiring effective December 31, 2011. Dr. Black has served the University System of Georgia in this role since 2004.