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East Georgia College Will Remain Open
Friday, 30 January 2009

January 30--  Officials at East Georgia College in Swainsboro are reassuring all concerned that the college will remain open.

While the state is considering a study which would merge management of the state's two-year colleges and technical colleges, East Georgia President Dr. John Black says rumors are flying that the college in Swainsboro could be closed.

East Georgia President Dr. John Black refers to State Merger Study Friday in Swainsboro.

"It's been announced in a civic club in Swainsboro that the merger is a done deal.  It's not.  We're getting phone calls from concerned parents and students and somehow out of a merger it was extrapolated that East Georgia College is going to close and that's just not the case.  This is a terrific facilty and it does a great job and there's no intention to close it.  If it comes under different leadership, then it will still be here, it will still  be accredited, and it will still do a great job," Dr. Black said.

At a news conference in Swainsboro Friday morning, Dr. Black said it's much to soon to know if the merger will go forward, and Swainsboro Mayor Charles Schwabe urged people to let Governor Sonny Perdue know they oppose it.

"I think we need to be on alert and need to understand that things happen sometimes without our involvement.  That's a very dangerour scenario.  I would encourage everybody to flood the governor's office with emails.  That's the most effective thing we can do as folks in this community.  We've got an awful lot invested in this school, it's one of the bright jewels in our crown here in Swainsboro, so whatever the city can do, we will do," the mayor said.

According to Dr. Black, the University System Board of Regents as well as state Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville and state Representative Butch Parrish of Swainsboro all oppose the merger.  He also said Governor Sonny Perdue wants to know all the facts before he makes any decision on the merger.  

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