President Gives State-of-the-University AddressSavannah State University Stronger Than Ever Before
President Cheryl D. Dozier gave the annual State of the University Address at the Jordan Building at Savannah State University (SSU) on the morning of Friday, October 24, 2014. She focused on a growing student body, meaningful education and increased professional opportunities for graduates. "Savannah State’s legacy continues to transform lives, taking students where they are when they arrive and sending them forth ready to compete and reshape the world when they graduate," she said.
President Dozier highlighted the significant achievements of SSU graduates, including Alissa Johnson, the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the White House, and Kelvin Frazier, who is earning his graduate degree at MIT. Dozier also noted the more than $10 million in research grants last year alone that allowed students and faculty to fund important studies and impact the academic world with those findings.
SSU is also expanding their offerings in order to make its rigorous learning more accessible as part of the "Go Back. Move Ahead.", part of the Complete College Georgia initiative, making it easier for state residents to return to college. Also added is e-Core, an online learning system for core curriculum, and an online bachelor's of business administration, so that "working professionals who don’t have time for the traditional classroom can earn the degree – no matter they are located." She also tied the College of Business Administration's new global logistics and international business degree to the growing port of Savannah, and its need for talented graduates.
Other coming announcements included a revitalized honors program with a new director in Felicia Bell, Ph.D., a state-of-the-art marine science center and new voluntary Board of Visitors. January 1, 2015, will kick-off the 125th anniversary of SSU and a slate of new marketing and branding initiatives.
In attendance were numerous students, alumni and faculty, as well as Don Waters member of the Georgia Board of Regents, Mickey Stephens, Georgia State Representative for District 165, and Roy L. Jackson, President of the SSU National Alumni Association.Read the President's prepared remarks