Savannah State University

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Editor's Note: Savannah State police chief James Barnwell was placed on administrative leave with pay as of March 23, 2018. The university says it is conducting an internal investigation and declined to comment further on the matter. Attorney Abda Quillian now represents two female officers from the university force. She tells GPB News that the University System of Georgia is investigating two misconduct complaints they filed against Barnwell. He is at least the third person to lead Savannah State’s public safety department in the last five years.

Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Savannah State University

Jun 2, 2016
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The parents of Christopher Starks, a student who was killed last year at Savannah State University, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the State Board of Regents.

Starks was shot in August at the Student Union after an altercation with an unidentified individual. Starks died a short time later at a Savannah hospital.

Shean Williams is an attorney for the Starks family. He said even though the university is gated it still has a history of security issues and violent crime.

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In the Chatham County primaries on May 24, several candidates are challenging the incumbents. It echoes the push to shake up the status quo in last year’s Savannah municipal elections, which saw incumbents ousted in three races. GPB spoke with Savannah State University professor Allyne Tosca Owens about the incumbent backlash and what’s motivating that dynamic.

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A small crowd, many of them students, gathered at Savannah State University’s Payne Hall Thursday afternoon for a first look at a new set of portraits decorating the halls.

The eight large paintings by local artist Scott Stanton - known as Panhandle Slim - feature well-known poets like Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks, including several with ties to the university. In signature Panhandle Slim style, each prominently features a quote from the writer.