Senator Lester Jackson

Will the Georgia legislature push three Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU) in an effort to boost enrollment goals?

It was an initiative that garnered headlines earlier this year when a number of bills were filed in the Georgia State Senate to start a discussion on the idea. The legislative session for 2019 is over, but the bill is expected to be reconsidered next year.

The proposals suggests the merge of Savannah State, Albany State and Ft. Valley State Universities – all of which are currently public universities – into one mega HBCU called Georgia A&M University. The school would then cease to fall under the purview of the University System of Georgia like other state colleges and universities. Georgia currently has 10 historically black colleges & universities.

Georgia’s list includes:



Senator Lester Jackson, a Democrat from Savannah who sponsored the bills, said a merger could help enrollment numbers and help garner additional resources from various places because of those enrollment numbers.

Worth noting, Fort Valley State University was named in the newest legislation signed into law allowing for in-state cultivation of marijuana for the purposes of producing low-THC CBD oil. The public university is an authorized grower.

You can read the version of the legislation proposed this year here.

The Georgia legislature convenes in January of 2020.

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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


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