Campus Consolidations

University System of Georgia

Georgia State - GPC

Profiles - Consolidated Institutions

Georgia State University

  • Fall 2014 Enrollment: 32,556
  • First-Year, Full Time Retention: 82.3%
  • Established 1913
  • Students come from Metro ATL (2 Campuses)
  • 44% of transfers come from GPC
  • Total FY 2015 Budget: $738,077,043

Georgia Perimeter College

  • Established 1964
  • Fall 2013 Enrollment; 21,371
  • Students come from Metro ATL
  • First -Year, Full Time Retention: 60.90%
  • Georgia State is #1 transfer choice for students who transfer
  • Total FY 2014 Budget $185,194,815

Opportunities & Challenges


  • Creates a modern urban university that balances needs for access as well as research and public service
  • Creates opportunities for raising retention and graduation rates for associate degree seeking students with GSU’s proven success in this area
  • Savings from eliminated duplicate positions and functions can be used to serve students
  • Further scales a nationally-recognized model for student success and retention for students from all backgrounds
  • Creates integrated pathways to degree spanning from initial general education to associate degree to bachelor’s degree completion
  • Provides access and flexibility for students across the metro area
  • Provides opportunities to target high-demand bachelor’s degrees to pockets of workforce need


  • Blending of institutional cultures
  • Achieving efficiencies from seven locations will present operational challenges
  • Budget issues at GPC need to be addressed

The members of the Consolidation Implementation Committee are:

Georgia Perimeter College Members

  • GPC President Rob Watts
  • India Blackburn, Assistant Dean of Students, Alpharetta Campus
  • Dr. John Clower, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Debra Denzer, Associate Professor and Chair of the GPC Faculty Senate
  • Jamie Fernandes, Assistant Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs/Budget Director
  • Dr. Susan Finazzo, Associate Professor, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and SACS Liaison
  • Dr. Sheila Garland, Associate Professor and Dean of Health Sciences
  • Scott Hardy, Chair, GPC Alumni Association
  • Todd Hendricks, Associate Professor and Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Diane Hickey, Associate Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs
  • Mark Hoeting, Assistant Vice President/Chief Information Officer
  • Dr. Paul Hudson, Professor and Recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities
  • Kara Kennebrew, Chair of the GPC Staff Senate
  • Barbara Obrentz, Chief Public Information Officer and Director of Marketing
  • Dan O’Leary, Chair of the GPC Foundation
  • Sri Rajasekaran, Student Government Association President, Newton Campus
  • Jim Rasmus, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Sally Robertson, Associate Professor, Immediate Past Chair of the GPC Faculty Senate, Current Chair of the University System of Georgia Faculty Council
  • Jeff Tarnowski, Vice President for Advancement
  • Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers, Associate Professor and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Julius Whitaker, Executive Director of Library Services and Interim Director of Policy and Governance

Georgia State University Members

  • Georgia State President Mark Becker
  • Dr. Nathan Bennett, Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, Robinson College of Business
  • Dr. Gwen Benson, Associate Dean for School, Community & International Partnerships, College of Education
  • Dr. Allison Calhoun-Brown, Assistant Vice President for Student Retention
  • Dr. Sara Cook, Associate Dean, Honors College
  • Dr. Joan Cranford, Director, School of Nursing (Interim)
  • Dr. Dabney Dixon, Chair, University Senate Committee on Sustainability
  • Dr. Jonathan Gayles, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Learning, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Charles Gilbreath, Chair Staff Council, Director of Institutional Research (OIR)
  • Lanier Henson, President SGA
  • Dr. Darryl Holloman, Dean of Students
  • Andrea Jones, Associate Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing Communications
  • Dr. Peter Lyons, Professor and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Bharath Parthasarathy, J.D., Deputy General Counsel
  • Dr. George Rainbolt, Chair, University Senate Committee on Planning & Development
  • Russell Dylan Ruediger, Graduate Student Representative
  • Bruce Spratt, Associate Vice President for Finance and Comptroller
  • Tammy Sugarman, Dean of Libraries (Interim)
  • Phil Ventimiglia, Chief Innovation Officer
  • Dr. Mary Beth Walker, Dean, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
  • Dr. Sara Weigle, Chair, University Senate Committee on Admissions & Standards