VALDOSTA -- At 1 p.m. today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia will call to order its two-day October meeting on the campus of Valdosta State University.

"Valdosta State University is honored to host the Board of Regents, Chancellor (Thomas) Meredith, and the University System of Georgia staff," said Valdosta State University President Zachary.

A number of items are on the Board of Regents October agenda. Today, members will hear a presentation on the status of Valdosta State University's strategic planning process, then divide up into their individual committees -- Finance and Business Operations, Real Estate and Facilities, and Academic Affairs -- and get down to business related to the University System of Georgia's 34 institutions.

Specific items the committees will discuss include the acceptance of gifts for the Georgia Institute of Technology, the naming of the Gerald Benjamin and Charlotte Alexander Sanders Center of Music Studies at Columbus State University, and a revision of Section 408 of The Policy Manual dealing with the university system's immunizations policy.

Following the committee meetings, there will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Valdosta State University's Odum Library addition, which will be completed by the end of the year, a campus tour and dinner at Zaccari's home.

"Many of the Regents will visit Valdosta State University for the first time," Zaccari said.

The meeting continues Wednesday at 9 a.m. with reports from each of the three committees, Meredith's report to the board, Best Practices Awards, Honorary Degree Recommendations, and other business.

"The Board of Regents usually conducts its monthly meetings in Atlanta, but elects to visit two of the 34 institutions within the University System of Georgia each year," Zaccari said. "It is my understanding that the Board of Regents has not held a meeting at Valdosta State University for approximately 20 years. The Board of Regents was scheduled to be in Valdosta in 2001, but Dr. (Hugh) Bailey, former Valdosta State University president, felt that the Board should come after the new president arrived."

The Board of Regents is scheduled to visit Middle Georgia College April 20-21.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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