Published Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Higher education Regents to approve mergers

ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to approve the consolidation of several college campuses.

If votes go as anticipated Tuesday, Augusta State University and the Georgia Health Sciences University will combine to become Georgia Regents University.

Macon State College and Middle Georgia College will become Middle Georgia State College.

A new school named South Georgia State College will be formed by combining South Georgia College and Waycross College.

Additionally, the University of North Georgia will be created by combining North Georgia College & State University with Gainesville State College.

The plans have long been in the works. Higher education leaders and other state officials say the mergers will save money by streamlining administrative and academic functions.

The Regents are also expected to name presidents of the four new schools.

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