SAVANNAH, Ga. — Alumni from Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities gathered January 24-26 in Atlanta for the annual GAAHBSU Legislative Conference. The conference theme was “Envisioning Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy and Expanding Our Horizons.”
During the conference, a series of workshops provided a mechanism to enlighten alumni on critical issues at the universities. Art Dunning, the president of Albany State University, conducted an information session outlining the consolidation of Albany State and Darton College. The University President’s Roundtable session was designed to offer the alumni in attendance a direct, focused and specific issues relating to each university. In the conference wrap up session, Gregory Hylick, former National Alumni President of Albany State University and Chairman of the Albany State University Foundation, Inc., assumed the role as Executive Committee Chair of the GAAHBSU. Hylick was elected in 2016 to replace longtime chairman Roy L. Jackson, the former National President of the SSUNAA. Alumni attending the conference were also afforded the opportunity to engage with state legislator during a visit to the State Capitol.
During the weekend, the GAAHBSU continued its longstanding effort to recruit students from the Atlanta area to attend the universities. Students and recruitment teams from each university participated in recruitment fairs in 10 Atlanta area high schools.
The GAAHBSU, a collaboration effort between the state’s three historically Black universities, was created 32 years ago to foster a collective effort to ensure the continued existence, growth and advancement of these three unique higher education institutions.
The Fort Valley State National Alumni Association served as the host for the 2017 GAAHBSU Conference.