ATLANTA–The Board of Regents granted final approval today (Jan. 6) to the creation of the new Georgia State University from the consolidation of Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) and Georgia State University.
The consolidation presents an opportunity to create a modern, urban university that balances the needs for access as well as research and public service.
Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State, will serve as president of the newly consolidated Georgia State University.
“We are keenly focused on access and college completion,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “The new Georgia State University will continue to expand upon its successes in these areas for students beyond the downtown campus, throughout metropolitan Atlanta.”
The Board’s action follows required approval of the consolidation plans in December 2015 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
With the Board action, Georgia State begins operating as the new institution with an expanded mission and new college focused on associate degree programs.
“The University System has now consolidated 12 institutions into six as we continue to focus on the success of students,” said USG Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs and Planning Shelley Nickel. “With consolidation, we are amplifying the best of both institutions to better serve students, the community and the state.”
Huckaby announced in January 2015 his recommendation for the Georgia State consolidation, which the Board of Regents approved.
“This is not only a historic day for Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College, it is also an important day for the students of Georgia,” Becker said. “We look forward to helping thousands more students graduate with the support of our nationally recognized programs aimed at ensuring student success.”
With the completion of the Georgia State University consolidation, the University System of Georgia is now composed of 29 institutions.