President Freeman's Biography

Everette J. Freeman was named the eighth president of Albany State University on September 7, 2005 and officially took office on October 10, 2005. His appointment by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia marked the culmination of an intensive and broad search. An eminent scholar and admired strategist, he is a leader in higher education and is well-known for his commitment to equity in the academic community.

Prior to coming to Albany, Freeman served four years as Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Indianapolis. He previously was the Executive Assistant to the President at Tennessee State University, where he served as interim Vice President for University Relations and Development. Freeman's rise through the academic ranks is evidenced by the caliber of programs he helped develop during his 14 years spent in higher education leadership and 19 years as a faculty member. In addition to his academic and higher educational administration credentials, he has held several corporate positions and has specialized interest in organizational development, EEOC compliance and industrial relations.

Each and every book I own contains pages from my life. They serve as markers of my professional and intellectual development, my likes and dislikes and the many courses I took along the bends and curves leading to Albany, Georgia. These books sometimes shout of things long forgotten. They remind me by their covers and their scent of proud, joyous, bittersweet, poignant and triumphant moments. They have earned my respect and companionship - even the ones I have yet to read.

Freeman served as Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Lung Association, is a trustee on the Board of Antioch College and is a board member of many community organizations including the La Plaza (IN) Federation of Latino organizations, Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Crossroads of America Council of Boy Scouts, HealthNet Incorporated in Indianapolis, and locally, was named to the Board of Directors of Albany Tomorrow and the Albany/Dougherty Community Partnership for Education. He has received several local, state, national and international awards and honors; notably, he was named a George Cadbury Scholar at Fircroft College in England in 1970-1971 and a Fellow of the Society of Values in Higher Education from 1985 to present. He received the 2004 Appreciation Award from the National League of Cities, NBC-LEO in Indianapolis.

Freeman has written and published a number of monographs, articles in professional journals and book chapters. He has also presented papers at professional conferences in his areas of professional preparation. He is interested in fund-raising. He loves Jazz music and was host of "Jazz Juxtapositions" at the University of Indianapolis's WICR Radio.