Dr. Jaimie Hebert marks one year as Georgia Southern president

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - The past 12 months have been anything but boring for Georgia Southern's president, the university itself and others.

"Some days it feels like I've been here a week. In fact, I've still got some boxes to unpack," said GSU President Dr. Jaimie Hebert.

On other days, Dr. Hebert says it feels like he's already been here a decade.

His first two weeks, the NCAA announced academic problems with three football players years earlier landing GSU on probation. But the biggest challenge came in January when the Board of Regents announced they could consolidate GSU and Armstrong State.

"The absolute answer to that is I found out about two days before the announcement. Same time as Dr. Linda Bleicken did," Dr. Hebert said.

Since then, he's overseen teams of people from both schools as they chart how to blend the two.

"We - everyone on the two campuses - have responded well to the challenge they threw at us," he said.

He says the new university will serve Statesboro and Savannah and give students new venues for research and experience. Meanwhile, enrollment, retention, graduation rates climb even during a historic transition.

"We're looking forward to the opportunities that we can bring," Dr. Hebert said.

He sees plenty of challenges and rewards over the next 12 months.

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