Harp addresses black state college conference

ATLANTA (AP) - State Sen. Seth Harp says his proposal to merge
two of the state's historically black colleges with nearby schools
that are predominantly white is part of a cost-cutting measure.

Harp, a Republican and chairman of the Senate Higher Education
Committee, spoke Thursday to the Georgia Alumni Association of
Black State Universities. He says the current economic climate
presents an opportunity to "close a very painful chapter in our
history" by combining the schools with the predominantly white
universities. He says the move also would help the state address a
$2.2 billion budget shortfall, though he declined to say how much.

Under the resolution, historically black Savannah State
University, would merge with nearby Armstrong Atlantic State
University. Historically black Albany State University would
combine with nearby Darton College.

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