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Everette J. Freeman, the eighth president of Albany State University is an eminent scholar, an admired strategist, and a leader in higher education well-known for his commitment to equity in the academic community. Since his arrival in 2005, ASU’s chief executive officer and manager of a $90 million budget led the fiscal affairs division from the worst state audit ratings (5) to the best rating (1) while managing four years of state budget cuts. An emphasis was placed on increasing ASU research, pursuing more federally funded grants and contracts, developing strategic state and local partnerships; and enhancing annual giving among faculty, staff, students and the alumni.
Under Dr. Freeman’s leadership, ASU increased its inventory of housing and improved the quality of campus life for students. A new early learning center, six modern residence halls housing over 2000 students and a state-of-the-art student center were constructed. The $20 million structures where students live, study and socialize are showpieces which have a major economic impact in the City of Albany through job creation and business development. The newest residence halls, exceeding occupancy rates were financed through a public-private venture. In addition to the number of capital projects and improvements, the balance of a $2.3 million debt associated with the construction of a new football stadium was retired.
Prior to arrival at Albany State, Dr. Freeman held positions in the public and private sector, as well as large and small institutions of higher learning. He served four years as Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Indianapolis, Dean of Continuing Education at Jackson State University and the Executive Assistant to the President at Tennessee State University, where he served as interim Vice President for University Relations and Development.