Savannah State University is a public, historically black university located in Savannah, Georgia. It's the oldest public black university in the state in history. The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Savannah State operates three universities (College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Technology) and the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research (OGSSR). It also participates in research centers and programs at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Academic Support; the Savannah Entrepreneurship Center; the Midtown Project.
Savannah State University was founded by the Second Morrill Land Grant Act of August 30, 1890. The Act mandated the Southern and Border States to develop Land Grant Colleges for Black Students as their systems were segregated. On 26 November 1890, the General Assembly of Georgia passed legislation establishing the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth.
A preliminary session of the school was held at the Baxter Street School Building in Athens, where Richard R. Wright Sr. was the principal. The college had been operating in Athens for several months in 1891, before moving to its permanent location in Savannah on 7 October 1891, with Wright as its first president. There were five faculty members in the school. Its eight students were all graduates of Edmund Asa Ware High School, Augusta's first public high school for blacks.
With the growth of its graduation and research programs, Savannah State College became a state university in 1996 by the Board of Directors of the University System of Georgia and the name was changed to Savannah State University. Savannah State University is the first institution in the state of Georgia to offer a degree program in Homeland Security.
It was the second institution in the Georgia University System to provide wireless Internet connectivity to students across the campus. On 15 October 2007 the Savannah State broke ground on a new academic building, which was inaugurated on 1 May 2009. It includes 10 classrooms, three lecture halls, three computer labs and applied research and observation labs.
The building also houses an exhibition of African studies, the Dean of Humanities and Faculty Offices, the Department of Public Administration / Urban Studies and the Department of Social Work and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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