Georgia officials propose Albany State, Darton State merger

By The Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 6, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Albany State University, a historically black university in southwest Georgia, would merge with Darton State College under a proposal by the University System of Georgia's top official.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement on Friday that the Board of Regents will consider his recommendation on Tuesday.

Huckaby says he is "committed to continuing to serve the (historically black colleges and universities) mission" at Albany State.

The proposal would be the seventh consolidation since 2011, when there were 36 schools in the university system. The merged school would be named Albany State University if consolidation is approved.

According to the system, Darton State College enrolled 5,471 students this fall, nearly 3 percent lower than last year. Albany State University enrolled 3,492 students, down 10 percent since last fall.

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