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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.
Dr. Freeman also secured a $2.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Proceeds from the grant created an undergraduate supply chain and logistics management degree program and the Center for Advanced Logistics Management under the auspices of the College of Business.


Albany State has experienced enrollment increases every academic year from 2005 to 2012. A ten-year campus master plan and the second of two strategic plans, covering the years 2006-2011 and 2011-2016 were developed during Dr. Freeman’s tenure.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed ASU accreditation without qualification in 2008.

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.
Freeman’s rise through the academic ranks is evidenced by the caliber of programs he helped develop during a 14 year stint in higher education leadership and 19 years spent as a faculty member. In addition to academic and higher educational administration credentials, the president has held several corporate positions and has specialized interest in organizational development, EEOC compliance and industrial relations.

The Washington, D.C. native received a B.A. degree in sociology and economics from Antioch College in 1972, an M.A. degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois in 1974 and an Ed.D. in education foundations from Rutgers University in 1983. He holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Leadership at Harvard University and a certificate in Economics from Fircroft College in Birmingham, England.

He was named a George Cadbury Scholar at Fircroft College in England and a Fellow of the Society of Values in Higher Education. Several monographs, articles and chapters written by Dr. Freeman were published in professional journals and books.