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Albany State University Presidential Investiture of Marion Ross Fedrick Set for September 6, 2019

ALBANY, Ga. – Marion Ross Fedrick will be officially installed as the 10th president of Albany State University (ASU) at the Presidential Investiture Ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, September 2019.  The Investiture Ceremony will be held at the Billy C. Black Building Auditorium on the ASU East Campus. The ceremony will include a formal procession and greetings from elected officials.

Steeped in history and tradition, a presidential investiture symbolizes the embrace of a new era for the institution and acknowledges the authority of a new leader as well as the official rights and responsibilities of the office.

Fedrick was appointed as the 10th president of Albany State University on August 14, 2018, by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. She was appointed after serving as both the Interim Executive Vice President and Interim President for the University since October 2017. Fedrick is an accomplished senior leader whose proven expertise spans over 30 years. Her professional background includes:  higher education administration, strategic planning, crisis management and strategic partnership management in both the private and public sectors.

Committed to the impact of academic development, Fedrick believes every student deserves access to an excellent and affordable education. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Organizational Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

As president of Albany State University, Fedrick continues to apply her diverse experiences and commitment to drive initiatives that ignite excellence. Under her leadership, the institution has undertaken several critical initiatives that include a redesign of the institution’s academic colleges, approval of the University System of Georgia’s (USG) first nexus degrees and the design and implementation of the university’s integrated student success model to include the creation of the Albany State University Summer Success Institute.

Formerly serving as the USG Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Fedrick has led strategic initiatives relating to effective university administration, leadership development and human resources planning.

Celebratory events for the investiture will be held Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7, 2019. For a full list of activities, please visit

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Albany State University Summer Enrollment Increases From Previous Year

ALBANY, Ga–Summer semester enrollment at Albany State University (ASU) grew by 4.6 percent from last year, with numbers increasing to 2,590 compared to 2,475 in summer 2018. ASU has the second highest summer enrollment growth among the University System of Georgia (USG) comprehensive universities.

“The increase in summer enrollment is a reflection of the commitment of our University faculty and staff members. Everyone worked diligently to share the benefits of the institution,” said President Marion Ross Fedrick. “ASU faculty were more involved with activities inside and outside of the classroom, the volume and quality of student programming greatly increased, communication to our students improved and the list goes on. We are supporting our students in ways that they have not experienced before at ASU.”

Some students elect to take summer courses because of the opportunity to complete courses in advance and focus on a smaller course load. Year-Round Pell allows eligible students to use Pell Grant funds during fall, spring and summer semesters.

“We continue to see an increase in summer enrollment since year-round Pell Grants have been restored,” said Kenyatta Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success. “With access to the full grant amount being available during the summer semester, students are able to progress more quickly toward the attainment of their degree and decrease their amount of loan debt.”

Classes begin on August 19, 2019, for the fall semester. More than 6,200 students have currently registered and more are expected to register in the coming weeks

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