The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted Wednesday to approve the mission statement for the soon-to-be expanded Georgia Southern University.

The BOR gathered at the College of Coastal Georgia for a meeting

On April 7, the Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University Consolidation Implementation Committee (CIC) submitted a proposed mission statement recommended by representatives from both universities.

In a press release, officials said that the approved mission statement is “an essential element in the consolidation of Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University.”

The complete mission statement is as follows:

Georgia Southern University is a public comprehensive and Carnegie Doctoral/Research university offering associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

The University provides transformative learning opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population through its legacy of commitment to academic excellence and personal attention. Through the shared resources of its multiple locations, the University creates vibrant learning environments that foster an inclusive, student-centered culture of engagement designed to prepare students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities. The University enhances the quality of life and drives economic development in the Coastal Georgia region, the State of Georgia, and beyond by supporting collaborative efforts in technological innovation, scientific advancement, education, health services, artistic creativity, and cultural enrichment. Faculty, staff, and students embrace the values of integrity, civility, kindness, respect, sustainability, citizenship, and social responsibility in every facet of the University.

Many other strides have been made by the BOR for consolidation, including approving the renaming of the Armstrong Campus in Savannah and the Liberty Campus in Hinesville. The BOR voted in January to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

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