Macon State College and Middle Georgia College could become one consolidated institution under a plan proposed by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.
Huckaby released recommendations Thursday to consolidate the Middle Georgia schools and six others into four institutions. The proposal will be reviewed by the Board of Regents next week, with the final decision resting with the board.
The consolidations are part of a statewide effort to increase college completion and make post-secondary education accessible to all Georgians with a goal of reducing administrative costs and functions, Huckaby said in a news release.
Macon State, headquartered in Macon, has additional campuses in Warner Robins and on Robins Air Force Base, and Middle Georgia College, based in Cochran, has a campus in Dublin and the Georgia Aviation Campus in Eastman.
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No campuses would be closed under the proposal, although there potentially will be workforce reductions at the eight institutions involved, according to a release from John Millsaps, University System of Georgia spokesman.
Consolidating the campuses would allow for increased educational opportunities, increased administrative efficiency and would improve overall effectiveness, the statement said.
“I’m very excited about this,” said Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “I understand that it is not going to be without some degree of consternation and angst for some people, but the overwhelming good that will inure to our region because of this is so significant. This is something that we can all get together and applaud.”
In addition to the consolidation of Macon State and Middle Georgia, Huckaby recommended the consolidations of Gainesville State College (in Gainesville) and North Georgia College and State University (Dahlonega); Waycross College (Waycross) and South Georgia College (Douglas); and Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University (both in Augusta).
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