Dear Alumni, Friends and Supporters:
President's Letter to The Alumni April 1, 2016
Today, we celebrate and express our gratitude for Dr. Joseph Winthrop Holley for his vision, determination, negotiations, compassioned pleas and courageous action in establishing in 1903 an institution of higher education in Southwest Georgia.
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LDC The Mission of the Legal Defense Coalition is to
prevent the demise of Georgia’ s Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (State HBCUs), the Board of Regents of the
University System of Georgia must be forced by court mandate
to elevate the State HBCUs to status equal to other universities
by ceasing its discriminatory mismanagement practices of
inequitable funding, disregarding the State HBCUs’ capital
improvement needs, limiting and impeding the State HBCUs
’missions, needlessly duplicating programs to the detriment of
the State HBCUs,failing to duplicate programs when needed by
State HBCUs, and failing to establish professional, specialized
and doctoral degree programs within the State HBCUs. To find
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“The ASU National Alumni Association does not object to the revised Mission Statement resulting from the consolidation of Albany State University and Darton State College. The fact of the “HBCU” term itself not appearing or not being included in the new mission statement, does not mean, in any way, nor does it imply or infer that Albany State University is no longer a “Historically Black College or University”. Such designation/distinction is based in law and no revision or modification of its mission statement changes this fact”.
----The Higher Education Act of 1965 codified the HBCU designation for all such Colleges/Universities established prior to 1964. These Colleges and Universities had an intention of primarily serving the African-American community and such designation does not change as a result of changes in student make-up or mission change. . . .
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Click Here to read the PDF version of the Letter to Chancellor Huckaby Dated June 28, 2016
June 28, 2016
Mr. Hank Huckaby, Chancellor
Board of Regents of the University
System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
Dear Chancellor Huckaby:
The constituents that this Association represents are gravely concerned as it relates to the ongoing consolidation of Albany State University and Darton State College. Some of these concerns were voiced during a meeting on May 4, 2016, with Dr. Arthur N. Dunning, university president, and this Association's Board of Directors. It is believed that some of those and other concerns are more appropriate for you to address.
The absence of alumni representation on the Consolidation Implementation Committee is a primary concern. Where is the voice of over 13,000 ASU alumni in the consolidation process? Why, other than the utilization of the Principles for Consolidation on previous consolidations, was this Association excluded? The inclusion of an alumnus, Albany State University employee as mandated by policy, as a part of the Alumni Work Group has its inherent potential for a conflict of interest; and my appointment to the "newly formed New ASU Advisory Council" to provide advice on "measures that support economic vitality" is inadequate to constitute meaningful participation in the consolidation process. This consolidation is unique and alumni have a vested interest in the process, exclusion and marginalization are not acceptable.
Unlike the previous consolidations, there are racial implications and divisiveness that existed and continue to exist within the City of Alban, GA historically toward Albany State University from its founding, complicated by the addition of Darton State College within a fifteen mile radius and the historical discriminatory actions of the University System of Georgia toward this HBCU inclusive of the duplication of academic programs.
The approval of a nursing degree program at Darton State College is an example of this duplication. Such approval was unwarranted and the position statement supporting the request from Darton leadership was not rational or sound. This Association opposed such an academic program at Darton State College. Yet, recently it was announced there would be a Darton State College of Health Professionals, a distinction from the other Colleges within the New University notwithstanding the asserted consolidation of the two institutions. Why? Additionally, considering the alleged problems and/or issues relating to accreditation of Darton's nursing program, why is it deserving of any distinction? If there was going to be distinction and specific designation by educational entity then the other Colleges should be given this same distinction.
There is the question of the "New" Albany State University. None of the other institutions involved in the consolidation process, known as traditionally white institutions (TWIs) were referenced as "new". It is obvious and implied that the consolidation of Albany State University and Darton State College would create a hybrid that would be unlike the two institutions existing separately.
This distinction of being "new" carries a connotation that Albany State University 's previous existence was inferior, unattractive and unacceptable to the white populace of students and potential students and to dispel this notion "new" is the key word for doing so. The University System of Georgia was an active participant in the creation of and perpetuation of this perception and being referenced as "new" does not eradicate or excuse the history of discriminatory treatment. Said reference should be discontinued in that it constitutes disparate treatment in comparison to other previously consolidated institutions.
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