ASU Presidential Investiture
You are Cordially invited to the
Investiture of Marion Ross Fedrick
Albany State University
Friday, September 6, 2019
Investiture Ceremony 11 a.m.
Billy C. Black Auditorium
BIOGRAPHY OF PRESIDENT MARION ROSS FEDRICK
Marion Ross 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. President 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. Fedrick is a two-time graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in adult education, 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 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.
The intersection of her vision, passion, and broad leadership capabilities have placed her in key leadership roles throughout her career. Serving as the USG vice chancellor of human resources, Fedrick has led strategic initiatives relating to effective university administration, leadership development and all human resources planning efforts, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University Hospitals, State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, AT&T, and the former BellSouth Corporation.
OVERVIEW OF ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1903, Albany State University continues to provide leadership in academic
excellence, social change, and economic impact. A nationally top-ranked HBCU, ASU
serves an increasingly diverse student body and community by offering a uniquely comprehensive
array of programs, from associate to graduate degrees.
Joseph Winthrop Holley, the institution’s founder and first president, established the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute in Albany, Georgia. The new school was successful in its mission to provide religious and basic education, as well as teacher training to the local black population. In 1917, the state of Georgia began providing financial support to the school, granting it two-year status. The school added training in agriculture and was renamed the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College.
The institution eventually joined the University System of Georgia and, in 1943, was granted four-year status. Concentrating on teacher education and home economics, the school was again renamed, this time as Albany State College. Over the next few years, the College added majors in the humanities, social sciences, education, and health sciences. After increasing the number of faculty with doctorate degrees by more than fifty percent, Albany State College began offering graduate degrees in 1981.
With the growing success of the graduate programs, the Board of Regents, in 1996, approved the renaming of the institution to Albany State University. On November 10, 2015, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted unanimously to begin the process of consolidating Albany State University and Darton State College.
The university retains the name Albany State University and unifies the distinction, values, and missions of the two institutions. One of Georgia’s diverse, educational gems, Albany State University continues a combined legacy of more than 100 years of excellence in teaching and learning. The University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success.
INVESTITURE EVENTS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | A Day of Health and Wellness
ASU East and West Campus Student Centers
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a series of wellness workshops, focusing on mental, physical and emotional health: Healthy Eating on a Budget, Zumba on the Lawn and a Mental Health Forum.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Faculty and Student Healthy Cooking Competition
ASU West Campus Student Center
Students, faculty and staff are invited to showcase their healthy culinary skills and compete for the coveted prize, ASU’s Top Chef!
Thursday, September 5th, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | From the Classroom to the Boardroom
ASU East Campus Student Center Ballroom
Students are invited to engage with the industry’s top professional development and etiquette experts. Workshop topics: workplace and dining etiquette, dressing for success and conflict resolution training.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | From the Classroom to the Boardroom in Action: hosted by Mr. Horace Fedrick, husband of President.
ASU West Campus Student Center Ballroom
Students will test skills learned in scenario based engagement.
Friday, September 6th, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Motivational Breakfast (Invitation Only)
ASU East Campus Student Center Ballroom
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Investiture Ceremony
ASU East Campus Billy C. Black Auditorium
Formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office. Celebration of Marion Ross Fedrick as Albany State University’s 10th President.
6:00 p.m. | Soulful Scholarship Soiree ($75 per ticket)
ASU East Campus Lawn Between Sanford Gym and L'Orene Hall
Attendees will have the chance to give back to ASU students by donating to this scholarship fundraiser. Dress/Attire: Summer Chic
Contact Institutional Advancement at 229-500-3289 for ticket purchase or purchase tickets online.
Saturday, September 7th, 2019
11:00 a.m. | Game Day Tailgating
ASU East Campus Coliseum – Tailgating area
Pre-registration required. Contact Adam Okashah in Athletics at 229-500-2963, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | RAMily Block Party
ASU East Campus Student Center Amphitheater
Enjoy music, food, and games. Participate in the Family Fun Zone hosted by Sarah Fedrick,
daughter of the President, and join President Fedrick at the drumline performance
beginning at 3:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m. | Ram Walk
From ASU East Campus Student Center Amphitheater to the ASU Coliseum. Join the parade
of fellow Golden Rams as they walk to the stadium for the game.
7:00 p.m. | Kick-off: ASU Golden Rams vs. Valdosta State Blazers
PARKING AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Albany State University East Campus
504 College Drive, Billy C. Black
Albany, Georgia 31705
Parking is located in the lot east of HPER gymnasium. Golf carts are available for those with limited mobility.
Hilton Garden Inn – Albany
101 South Front Street
Albany, Georgia 31701
Reservation Block: ASU09
Please reserve rooms by August 16, 2019. Limited space is available.