by PearlieM. Bowser
ALBANY, Ga. — Former Georgia lawmaker and member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents visited the campus of Albany State University yesterday. Regent George Hooks viewed the campus, and took a tour of the Fine Arts building, Holley Hall. Later, Hooks joined President Everette J. Freeman and his cabinet for lunch.
Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, met Hooks at Holley Hall, and escorted him through the first floor of the building. After glancing at the conditions of the facility where over 200 band students rehearse and its proximity to classrooms where English is taught, Hooks responded,
“This is way too small and unacceptable; we have to do something about this.”
Dr. Bynum then led the entourage from a cluttered practice room, which is now used as a sculpting class for art students, to two closet spaces used as offices for music professors. Bynum explained the challenges ASU fine arts faculty and students face daily, such as cramped practice areas and confined office space.
ASU Holley Ambassador Corbin King, Clifford Porter Jr., Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Bynum showed Hooks the area designated for the new Fine Arts building; located next to the ACAD building.
Hooks later joined ASU’s President, cabinet members and guests Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, and State Rep. Carol Fullerton for lunch, followed by a presentation from the deans of the university, on both students and departmental accomplishments.
Hooks assured the group of plans by the Boards of Regents to review and finalize funding recommendations for the Fine Arts building in the upcoming September meeting. Once the plans are finalized the Board of Regents will send them off to the Governor for final approval.
Before leaving campus Hooks said, “I’ll be honest with you, we face some real challenges in higher education, but I want you to know you have my support!”