Eric Stirgus

Education reporter

Eric Stirgus is a reporter who covers higher education issues, the Georgia Board of Regents and the Technical College System of Georgia.  

Latest from Eric Stirgus

$40 M to U. of Tenn. Chattanooga from Atlanta businessman
 Gary W. Rollins, the CEO of the corporation that runs the Orkin pest control empire, has donated $40 million to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, at its annual meeting in Knoxville Friday, voted unanimously to approve  naming the UTC College of Business the Gary W. Rollins...

Posted: a day ago

Gary W. Rollins, the CEO of the corporation that runs the Orkin pest control empire, has donated $40 million to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, at its annual meeting in Knoxville Friday, voted unanimously to approve  naming the UTC College of Business the Gary W. Rollins...
Atlanta college getting accounting help amid staff vacancies
 Atlanta Metropolitan State College has been getting assistance in recent months from the University System of Georgia and another college to help manage its financial paperwork, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A report last year by the state’s Department of Audits and Accounts found numerous problems, such as the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Metropolitan State College has been getting assistance in recent months from the University System of Georgia and another college to help manage its financial paperwork, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A report last year by the state’s Department of Audits and Accounts found numerous problems, such as the...
Georgia teacher says HOPE, pre-k program helped her reach new heights
 Georgia high school social studies teacher Lindsay McMichael is a vocal proponent of the state’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs for a good reason. She participated in both as a 4-year-old growing up in Columbus and as a student at the University of Georgia. McMichael was one of the speakers at a ceremony Wednesday to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Georgia high school social studies teacher Lindsay McMichael is a vocal proponent of the state’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs for a good reason. She participated in both as a 4-year-old growing up in Columbus and as a student at the University of Georgia. McMichael was one of the speakers at a ceremony Wednesday to...
Deal thankful his skepticism about Georgia Lottery scholarship plan ‘was proven wrong’
 It’s not often that an elected official concedes he was wrong, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal did so Wednesday, getting emotional as he spoke about the benefits of the HOPE Scholarship at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Deal, was a state senator in the early 1990s during the discussion of a plan to create a lottery that would help fund...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s not often that an elected official concedes he was wrong, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal did so Wednesday, getting emotional as he spoke about the benefits of the HOPE Scholarship at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Deal, was a state senator in the early 1990s during the discussion of a plan to create a lottery that would help fund...
Georgia to mark 25 years of lottery, HOPE grants
 State leaders are scheduled Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most important decisions by voters and government in recent history: the start of the Georgia Lottery, which funds the HOPE Scholarship and its pre-kindergarten program. Lottery officials have planned an event at the state Capitol featuring Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 4 days ago

State leaders are scheduled Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most important decisions by voters and government in recent history: the start of the Georgia Lottery, which funds the HOPE Scholarship and its pre-kindergarten program. Lottery officials have planned an event at the state Capitol featuring Gov. Nathan Deal...
Fundraising campaign begins for Zell Miller Foundation
 Current and former HOPE Scholarship recipients are being encouraged to give  $25 to an organization named after the man who started the scholarship a quarter-century ago. The Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018 on Monday launched a fundraising campaign for the Zell Miller Foundation in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Current and former HOPE Scholarship recipients are being encouraged to give $25 to an organization named after the man who started the scholarship a quarter-century ago. The Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018 on Monday launched a fundraising campaign for the Zell Miller Foundation in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the...
Former Savannah St. chief violated harassment policy, report finds
 The conduct of Savannah State University’s former police chief with three female officers violated the school’s sexual harassment policy, according to a state investigative reports released Thursday. The officers said they feared retaliation if they told others about his conduct, the reports say. The most serious allegation was...

Posted: 9 days ago

The conduct of Savannah State University’s former police chief with three female officers violated the school’s sexual harassment policy, according to a state investigative reports released Thursday. The officers said they feared retaliation if they told others about his conduct, the reports say. The most serious allegation was...
Georgia gets mixed grades for college grad rates of black, Latino students
 Georgia received mixed grades from an organization for its efforts to help African-American and Latino students earn college degrees. The Education Trust released a report Thursday that found African-American and Latino adults are less likely to hold a college degree today than white adults were in 1990. While about 47 percent of white...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia received mixed grades from an organization for its efforts to help African-American and Latino students earn college degrees. The Education Trust released a report Thursday that found African-American and Latino adults are less likely to hold a college degree today than white adults were in 1990. While about 47 percent of white...
Fulton County teachers in line for raises
 Fulton County public school teachers may soon see more money in their paychecks. School district board members Tuesday evening tentatively approved a $1 billion general fund budget for the upcoming school year. The entire budget, which includes money for construction projects in its capital budget, is about $1.7 billion. Fulton’s plan...

Posted: 10 days ago

Fulton County public school teachers may soon see more money in their paychecks. School district board members Tuesday evening tentatively approved a $1 billion general fund budget for the upcoming school year. The entire budget, which includes money for construction projects in its capital budget, is about $1.7 billion. Fulton’s plan...
Best way to aid underrepresented students not so clear cut
 The alumni association at the high school I graduated from, let’s just say a few years ago, is urging alumni to oppose legislation it considers sacrilegious. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month announced a plan that would, in part, automatically offer enrollment to the top students in each public middle school in the...

Posted: 11 days ago

The alumni association at the high school I graduated from, let’s just say a few years ago, is urging alumni to oppose legislation it considers sacrilegious. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month announced a plan that would, in part, automatically offer enrollment to the top students in each public middle school in the...
JUST IN: Kennesaw State University has new president
 Georgia’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday appoint Pamela Whitten the new president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten had been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Georgia since 2014. She will start her new position on July 16. Her salary will be negotiated with University System of...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday appoint Pamela Whitten the new president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten had been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Georgia since 2014. She will start her new position on July 16. Her salary will be negotiated with University System of...