The University System of Georgia board of regents moved forward Wednesday with the upcoming consolidation of Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University.

At a meeting held on College of Coastal Georgia’s campus, the board voted unanimously to approve a consolidation mission statement between the two universities.

The statement was crafted by officials from both Armstrong and Georgia Southern.

“It reflects a give-and-take, discussion and negotiation,” said John Fuchko, the USG’s vice chancellor for organizational effectiveness. “Armstrong and Georgia Southern’s faculty senate were involved in this process.”

Armstrong, located in Savannah, is being consolidated with Georgia Southern in Statesboro. Armstrong will become a Savannah campus of Georgia Southern, and the consolidation will take effect in January.

Fuchko said the creation of this consolidation mission statement was an impressive exercise in collegiality and substantive discussion.

“What came out of it was, at the end of the day, a focus on students, a focus on economic development and a focus on the values that they believe represent both of these institutions coming together,” Fuchko said.

The statement will be effective pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and further board of regents approval later this year, Fuchko said.

The regents have spent the last two days on CCGA’s campus holding the board’s monthly meeting.