Albany State University’s President is Stepping Down: Here’s Why


Albany State University President Marion Fedrick is leaving the university later this year to take a new position within the University System of Georgia.

Fedrick will become executive vice president and chief of staff to Georgia State University President Brian Blake effective July 1, Fedrick announced Wednesday in a letter to the Albany State community.

University System Chancellor (USG) Sonny Perdue also has asked Fedrick to serve additionally as his senior advisor to the system’s three historically Black colleges and universities.

“Marion has built a formidable reputation within USG for her resourcefulness and creative ability to support the success of faculty, staff, and students,” Perdue said Wednesday. “I’m grateful she’s staying within the system to continue her stewardship in public higher education.”

Fedrick joined Albany State in 2017 and became the university’s 10th president a year later. Before that, she was the university system’s vice chancellor for human resources. She previously held administrative and human resources posts at Clark Atlanta University, Emory University Hospitals, the state of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, AT&T, and the former BellSouth Corp.

“The importance of Albany State to USG and to the Southwest Georgia community cannot be overstated, and it’s been an absolute honor to have been part of building up this next generation of leaders,” Fedrick said. “While I’m excited about the opportunities ahead, a part of my heart will always remain in Albany.”

A first-generation college student, Fedrick is a certified senior human resources professional. She holds three degrees from the University of Georgia: a bachelor’s degree in adult education, a master’s degree in public administration, and a doctorate in education.


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