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ASU's president steps down

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Word of President Freeman's departure spread quickly across the campus of Albany State.  

"I was shocked, I didn't know really what was going on, because it's homecoming and you expect to see everybody happy, but it was kind of shocking news for everyone," said Brittney Ashley, Albany State student.  

President Freeman announced Wednesday that he is stepping down after nine years as president at Albany State University.  

"This is a moment where Albany State can reexamine where it is and where it's going under new leadership," Dr. Everette J. Freeman, President, Albany State University.  

President Freeman says the reason for his departure is very simple, it's his time.  

"There these moments when you realize that in higher education the average tenure of a president of a college according to the American Council of education is five years, this is my ninth year, so it sort of makes me a granddad," said Freeman.  

Under President Freeman's leadership, he's seen a lot accomplished under his watch.

"Member of my team built a brand new campus, we've added eight buildings since the day I arrived, and it's a beautiful footprint, alums come back and they say "wow," I've never thought I see my alma mater looking as sharp and as vibrant as it does today," said Freeman.  

President Freeman told WALB that ASU will always be with him.  

"You don't leave Albany State, you take ASU with you, you take the things that we learned at Albany State, and we apply those things in Colorado," said Freeman.  

As far as his successor, and the things he wants him or her to finish and accomplish.

"It is my role to allow the incoming leadership to be free of any influence or any positions I may have on something, I wish that individual the very best," said Freeman.  

Continuing the legacy of Albany's only university.

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