The Georgia Board of Regents earlier this month gave final approval to the creation of the new Georgia State University from the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).
The Georgia State and GPC consolidation presents an opportunity to create a modern, urban university that balances the needs for access as well as research and public service, officials contend. Dr. Mark Becker, current president of Georgia State, will serve as president of the newly consolidated Georgia State University.
“We are keenly focused on access and college completion,” University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a news release. “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 decision follows the December 2015 required approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of the Georgia State consolidation plans.