GEORGIA (WTXL) - The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents has approved consolidations that will affect four different universities in South Georgia to include Bainbridge State University.
The board came to the decision on Wednesday.
Tifton's Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Bainbridge State College will be merged together as the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College led by President David Bridges.
The other universities, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and Armstrong State University in Savannah, will be merged together to remain open under the Georgia Southern University name. Jaimie Hebert will serve as president to the newly joined university.
“The consolidation of these institutions will enable our University System to better serve students, broaden or redesign academic programs offered in the coastal and southwest Georgia regions, and reinvest savings into academics to improve student success,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley.
The consolidation is expected to start in early 2018.
Read the Board of Regents full report here.