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Albany State President Marion Ross Fedrick Taking New Leadership Role

Atlanta — February 14, 2024

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University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Sonny Perdue is offering his congratulations to Albany State University President Marion Ross Fedrick, who announced today she will take a new role within the university system to build upon her leadership expertise.

In a letter to the Albany State community, Fedrick said she has accepted a new role at Georgia State University as executive vice president and chief of staff to President Brian Blake, effective July 1, 2024.

With this announcement, Perdue has asked Fedrick to additionally serve as his senior advisor for initiatives related to the system’s three public historically Black colleges and universities.

“Marion has built a formidable reputation within USG for her resourcefulness and creative ability to support the success of faculty, staff and students,” Perdue said. “I’m grateful she’s staying within the system to continue her stewardship in public higher education. She will be an invaluable resource working on behalf of our HBCUs and at a USG institution that ranks as one of the nation’s best for undergraduate teaching and innovation.”

Details about the next steps for Albany State’s leadership transition will be forthcoming.

Fedrick is an accomplished senior leader with over 30 years of experience in education administration, strategic planning, crisis management and strategic partnership management in both the private and public sectors.

She initially joined Albany State in October 2017, serving as both the interim executive vice president and interim president before the board appointed Fedrick as Albany State’s 10th president on Aug. 14, 2018.

“The importance of Albany State to USG and to the Southwest Georgia community cannot be overstated, and it’s been an absolute honor to have been part of building up this next generation of leaders,” Fedrick said. “While I’m excited about the opportunities ahead, a part of my heart will always remain in Albany, and I’m grateful for the students, friends and colleagues who will carry on the legacy of this extraordinary and unsinkable institution.”

Prior to her service at Albany State, Fedrick served as USG’s vice chancellor for human resources, overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefits programs and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

She previously led strategic initiatives relating to effective university administration, leadership development and human resource planning efforts at Clark Atlanta University, Emory University Hospitals, State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, AT&T and the former BellSouth Corporation.

A first-generation college student, Fedrick is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional. She is also a three-time graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in adult education (including a concentration in organizational development), a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in education.

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