Mercer President Among Leadership Announced by ARCHE


(Atlanta)  The Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE)

has announced its new board of trustees officers and committees for the

2004-05 academic year.

Elected unanimously by the board, Georgia Institute of Technology

President G. Wayne Clough will become board chair effective July 1,

2004. He succeeds Morehouse College President Walter E. Massey, who

completes two successive terms in the position.

“ARCHE has become a leader in communicating the collective contributions

of Atlanta-area higher education to the region, state and nation. The

organization also provides a bridge that helps member colleges and

universities share resources among themselves and with the community,”

said Dr. Clough. “Given the valuable role ARCHE plays, I look forward

to serving as board chair.”

Agnes Scott College President Mary Brown Bullock becomes the board’s

vice chair. She is succeeded in the role of treasurer by State

University of West Georgia President Beheruz N. Sethna. Clark Atlanta

University President Walter D. Broadnax becomes a member-at-large of the

board’s executive committee, joining Mercer University President R.

Kirby Godsey and Southern Polytechnic State University President Lisa A.

Rossbacher, who were re-elected as members.

Larry D. Large, President of Oglethorpe University, was chosen by the

board to serve as chair of ARCHE’s government relations committee. He

is joined by new members James R. Gavin, President of Morehouse School

of Medicine, and Thomas K. Harden, President of Clayton College & State


Michael A. Gerber, president of ARCHE, noted the Consortium’s gratitude

for Dr. Massey’s work as board chair. “Walter Massey provided dedicated

service during two successive terms as chair, and offered both wise

guidance and great leadership. All of us in ARCHE are extraordinarily

grateful for his collegiality and for his many contributions to

Atlanta’s higher education community.”

ARCHE’s mission is to advance Atlanta-area higher education through

academic collaboration, community partnerships, and public awareness. The organization was founded in 1938. In addition to 19 public and

private colleges and universities, membership also includes corporate

and non-profit Community Partners and regional Affiliated Libraries.

The board of trustees is composed of the presidents of the member

colleges and universities, and elects its own officers. Terms are for

one year.

The Consortium’s member institutions annually enroll more than 130,000

students and award nearly 27,000 degrees at the bachelor’s level and

higher. ARCHE launched the first phase of its new web site highlighting

Atlanta’s role in the civil rights movement on May 17. During the

coming academic year, ARCHE will release the results of a study

documenting higher education’s impact on the state and regional

economies, and will release a report detailing the return on investments

in education realized by individuals and society.

Information about ARCHE and its members is available at

Rick Cameron is senior associate athletic director for communications, overseeing athletic media relations, including management of, the official website of Mercer Athletics, while also maintaining his broadcasting responsibilities as Voice of the Bears.