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Dr. Everette Freeman Named President of Albany State University

Atlanta — September 7, 2005

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Dr. Everette J. Freeman

Dr. Everette J. Freeman, senior vice president and provost, University of Indianapolis, was named today as the eighth president of Albany State University by the Board of Regents and University System of Georgia Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith.

Freeman will assume the presidency of Albany State in early October.

Regent Connie Cater chaired the Special Regents Committee charged with interviewing the presidential finalists and recommending the final candidate to the full Board of Regents. He said: “Dr. Freeman emerged from a very competitive search and clearly impressed the committee and the regents with his talent and vision for Albany State.”

Chancellor Meredith said he is impressed with the next president’s understanding of the role the state’s historically black colleges and universities play in providing access to higher education. “Albany State is an important institution to the University System and to the State,” he stated. “Dr. Freeman understands the institution’s significance and how to strengthen the university’s ties with the region while building upon its accomplishments,” he said.

Freeman has served in his current position since July 2001. Previously, he served as executive assistant to the president at Tennessee State University in Nashville, from January 1997 to July 2001, and dean of continuing education and associate professor of economics at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., from August 1989 to July 1991.

Freeman, whose educational background is in economics and labor and industrial relations, worked during the early part of his career in these fields in both higher education and the private sector. He was an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland; Michigan State University, in East Lansing; and Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Freeman was director of organizational development for Fisons Pharmaceutical, in Rochester, New York, and also has worked for Eastman Kodak Company. He has additional professional experience with the federal government, including the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration in Washington and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in New York City.

Freeman earned a certificate in economics from Fircroft College in Birmingham, England, a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. He also holds an Ed.D from Rutgers University.

Freeman is very active on the board of trustees for his alma mater, Antioch College. He also has served on the boards of a wide range of non-profit and private organizations as well as a consultant to a number of public and private entities.

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