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Letter to the Editor: On the consolidation of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College

This letter was a response to a broadcast email sent by President Mark P. Becker announcing Chancellor Hank Huckaby’s recommendation to merge Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College (see below). The Signal Editor-in-Chief was copied on this email. 

President Becker:

Upon the recommendation of consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College, I contend this potential decision to be unsound. This decision may be one that is detrimental to Georgia State in that this is not within GSU’s Strategic Plan, nor would a merger with a 2-year institution increase the value of a Georgia State degree or the research aspirations of the university.

As an alumnus working toward improving my alma mater post-matriculation, I look forward to sharing my opinion on the future of Georgia State University going forward.

Chris A. Evans
Georgia State University | J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration | Accounting | Finance | 2014

 

President Becker’s broadcast, sent on Jan. 5, 2015 at 9:20 p.m.:
I am extremely pleased to share with you news of an impending historic decision that holds great promise for Georgia State University. At the University System of Georgia Board of Regents meeting tomorrow (Jan. 6), Chancellor Hank Huckaby is expected to present a recommendation to the Board to consolidate Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation. The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State’s reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state.
 
Should the board approve this consolidation, we will have much work to do in the coming months in partnership with our colleagues at Georgia Perimeter.
 
I will keep you informed as we move forward.
 
Mark P. Becker
President