Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CoastLines News and Notes That Impact South Georgia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CoastLines News and Notes That Impact South Georgia

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"When forced to choose between special interests with cash and

voters with concerns, too many members of Congress decided to

take the money and run from their responsibility to protect

American's environment."

-- Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. Story on

Page A-1.

SPELMAN HEAD RESIGNS

Johnnetta B. Cole, president of Spelman College, announced

yesterday she will resign next year and join the faculty at

Emory University. A committee hopes to have a new president

before next June.

Cole, 59, will leave her post June 30 after a decade of

leadership at the century-old black women's college. "Obviously,

this is a sad moment for me," Cole said. "I love Spelman College

intensely. But if you really love an institution, person or

idea, you can't possess it. You have to let it go."

Since Cole became president in 1987, Spelman has increased its

private endowments from about $40 million to $143 million. The

Atlanta college was named the No. 1 regional liberal arts

college by the U.S. News and World Report in 1992 and has ranked

in the Money magazine's top 10 best buys four years in a row.

Her tenure has seen the start of several new programs at

Spelman, including a corporate partnership and mentor program

with the Atlanta business community, an international affairs

center and faculty exchanges.

STATE TO FIX TAX SNAFU

In a letter to the governor this week, state Auditor Claude

Vickers said a "patch" to the Department of Revenue's computer

system should enable the state to accurately collect and

distribute sales tax revenues until the system is permanently

fixed.

The newly created computer files should allow the revenue

department to account for sales tax activity and let the state

audit the process for the entire 1997 fiscal year, which began

July 1. …

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